Definition of oversight noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    oversight

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈəʊvəsaɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈoʊvərsaɪt//
     
     
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the fact of making a mistake because you forget to do something or you do not notice something I didn't mean to leave her name off the list; it was an oversight. You can never entirely eliminate human error and oversight.
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal) the state of being in charge of somebody/something The committee has oversight of finance and general policy.
  3. Extra examples The mistake was due to an unfortunate oversight on my part. Through oversight, the bill was still unpaid. An enquiry was set up under the oversight of the Police Complaints Authority. I didn’t mean to leave her name off the list; it was an oversight. There is support for a system of independent oversight.
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