- an omission or error due to carelessness: My bank statement is full of oversights.
- unintentional failure to notice or consider; lack of proper attention: Owing to my oversight, the letter was sent unsigned.
- supervision; watchful care: a person responsible for the oversight of the organization.
Origin of oversight
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
1, 2. mistake, blunder, slip. 2. lapse, neglect, inattention. 3. management, direction, control; surveillance.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for oversight
They have argued in court that they are not public and therefore they are not subject to the oversight that public entities are.
Third, the destruction: These hedge-fund managers want to eliminate all limits and oversight of charter schools.
The omission of contributor information on future reports should not be assumed to be an oversight.Mystery Man Buys Kentucky for the GOP
Center for Public Integrity
October 29, 2014
The lack of oversight is perhaps the worst aspect of this type of work.Finally, Home Care Workers Start Fighting Back
October 19, 2014
Roark was a staffer on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and focused on NSA oversight.Speed Read: James Risen Indicts The War On Terror’s Costly Follies
October 14, 2014
But those who judge thus are guilty of a most remarkable act of oversight.Freeland
By any thinking man the effect of this oversight will be instantly perceived.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
"He calls an oversight forgery, sir," returned the latter huskily.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
"Nor I either," said he, half chagrined, for his move was an oversight.The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
This word is in the original text printed twice by an oversight.Shakespeare Jest-Books;
- an omission or mistake, esp one made through failure to notice something
Word Origin and History for oversight
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper