Definition of oversight in English:


Line breaks: over|sight
Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvəsʌɪt


1An unintentional failure to notice or do something: he had simply missed Parsons out by an oversight [mass noun]: was the mistake due to oversight?
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  • Full of contradictions, failures and oversights, the architect's personal life seemed to have none of the clarity possessed by his great works.
  • In the past year, numerous media accounts have revealed screw-ups, miscalculations and oversights.
  • What do you see as the critical lapses or perhaps oversights?
2 [mass noun] The action of overseeing something: effective oversight of the financial reporting process
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  • The obvious solution is direct government oversight in the form of industry regulations.
  • No other state agency exercises effective oversight over army expenditures.
  • The lax regulatory oversight and risk management are now being reborn as bad loans.

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