over·​sight | \ ˈō-vər-ˌsīt How to pronounce oversight (audio) \

Definition of oversight

1a : watchful and responsible care you to whom oversight of the University is entrusted— N. M. Pusey
b : regulatory supervision congressional oversight The new manager was given oversight of the project.
2 : an inadvertent omission or error whether by oversight or intention— G. B. Shaw The error was a simple oversight.

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Examples of oversight in a Sentence

The fact that you didn't get an invitation is surely just an oversight. The error was a simple oversight. The new manager was given oversight of the project.
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The database was put together in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and in many cases added American citizens with little oversight and secretive criteria. NBC News, "Federal judge rules FBI terrorism watchlist violates constitutional rights," 5 Sep. 2019 However, the audit also made a number of recommendations to enhance case management, supervisory oversight and investigative efficiency, which McManus put into immediate effect. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "For San Antonio police, the effort to improve response to family violence is ongoing," 30 Aug. 2019 Broward Health leadership also spoke out to clarify controversy over the validity of changes approved last month to the bylaws, which are the formal rules that control the board’s actions, powers, and oversight of the health system. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Broward Health elects new board officers for second time in a month," 28 Aug. 2019 The cases encompassed a range of offenses, raising questions about oversight and children's safety. Kaila White, azcentral, "Podcast: What you need to know from an investigation on teachers accused of sex misconduct," 28 Aug. 2019 Krishnamoorthi sits on two House investigatory committees, oversight and intelligence, but had previously supported having the House committee process play out before backing impeachment proceedings. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "Suburban U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi becomes 10th Democrat in Illinois’ House delegation to back impeachment proceedings against President Trump," 26 Aug. 2019 Some scientists also worry that physicians and mothers will swab babies with vaginal microbes without proper screening or oversight, because of hype surrounding the technique. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, "Trials Test if C-section Babies Benefit From Mom’s Microbes," 17 Aug. 2019 Civil liberties groups have begun demanding more transparency and public oversight over partnerships between police departments and private companies like Ring. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Cops Are Offering Ring Doorbell Cameras in Exchange for Info," 2 Aug. 2019 The transit committee recommended for adoption a resolution asking Milwaukee Transport Services to change the membership of its board of directors to promote better accountability and oversight. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County transit union talks resume as system predicts up to $8 million budget gap," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of oversight

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of oversight

: a mistake made because someone forgets or fails to notice something
: the act or job of directing work that is being done


over·​sight | \ ˈō-vər-ˌsīt How to pronounce oversight (audio) \

Kids Definition of oversight

1 : the act or duty of overseeing : watchful care He was assigned oversight of the project.
2 : an error or something forgotten through carelessness or haste It was surely an oversight that you weren't invited.

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concealment of treason or felony

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