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oversight

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of oversight

  1. 1 the act or activity of looking after and making decisions about something <oversight of the club's fund-raising activities> Synonyms administration, care, charge, control, direction, governance, government, guidance, handling, intendance, management, operation, conduct, presidency, regulation, running, stewardship, superintendence, superintendency, supervisionRelated Words generalship, leadership, rulership; agency; aegis (also egis), custody, guardianship, keeping, lap, protection, safekeeping, trust, tutelage, ward; engineering, logistics, machination, manipulation; coadministration, codirection, comanagement

  2. 2 an unintentional departure from truth or accuracy <claiming “three billion” instead of “three million” was just an oversight> Synonyms blunder, bobble, boob [British], boo-boo, brick, clanger [British], clinker, fault, flub, fluff, fumble, gaff, gaffe, goof, inaccuracy, lapse, miscue, misstep, mistake, error, screwup, slip, slipup, stumble, tripRelated Words bloomer, blooper, boner, howler, pratfall; foul-up, snafu; misapprehension, miscalculation, miscomprehension, misconception, misconstruction, miscue, misdescription, misimpression, misinterpretation, misjudgment, misreading, misstatement, misunderstandingNear Antonyms accuracy, correctness, exactitude, exactness, preciseness, precision, strictness; inerrancy, infallibility, perfection

  3. 3 the duty or function of watching or guarding for the sake of proper direction or control <you'll have oversight of the troop until the scoutmaster returns> Synonyms care, charge, guidance, headship, supervision, regulation, stewardship, superintendence, superintendency, surveillanceRelated Words monitoring, observance, observation, observing, policing; administration, control, direction, generalship, hand(s), management, running; leadership, piloting, shepherding, steering; government, reign, rule; aegis (also egis), auspices, guardianship, protection, trusteeship, tutelage

  4. 4 the nonperformance of an assigned or expected action <failing to lock the car can be an expensive oversight if it gets stolen> Synonyms default, delinquency, dereliction, misprision, neglect, negligence, nonfeasance, failureRelated Words carelessness, heedlessness, inadvertence, inadvertency, laxityNear Antonyms compliance, discharge, fulfillment (or fulfilment)





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