[ oh-ver-sahyt ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˌsaɪt /


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

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at over-, sight

Can be confused

overlook oversee oversight
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British Dictionary definitions for oversight


/ (ˈəʊvəˌsaɪt) /


an omission or mistake, esp one made through failure to notice something
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