- oversightCare needs to be taken to distinguish the two primary meanings, (1) ‘supervision’:
• There must be a representative of Scotland in the United Kingdom Cabinet —with a general oversight over the economy and the framing of Scotland's budget —Lord Home, 1976and (2) ‘a failure to notice or do something’ (the more common meaning, corresponding to overlook rather than oversee):
• ‘By a quite exceptional oversight,’ said Rufus, ‘I don't just happen to have any picture postcards of the Acropolis about me at present’ —Barbara Vine, 1987
• This procedure avoids possible oversight, and is a record that the answers have been considered —R. M. Coates, 1991.In some cases the meaning may not be so clear, e.g.
• Congressional oversight has proliferated —Time, 1977.Normally, however, the context will clarify which meaning is intended.
Modern English usage. 2014.
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oversight — UK US /ˈəʊvəsaɪt/ noun ► [U] LAW, GOVERNMENT, MANAGEMENT systems or actions to control an activity and make sure that it is done correctly and legally: »In commodity trading, key goods such as oil or uranium are traded with almost no oversight.… … Financial and business terms
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oversight — ► NOUN ▪ an unintentional failure to notice or do something … English terms dictionary
oversight — [ō′vər sīt΄] n. 1. a superintendence; supervision, esp. when careful or vigilant 2. an unintentional, careless mistake or omission … English World dictionary
oversight — n. 1) an oversight that + clause (it was through an oversight that you were not invited) 2) by, through an oversight (her name was omitted through an oversight) * * * [ əʊvəsaɪt] through an oversight (her name was omitted through an oversight) by … Combinatory dictionary
oversight — [[t]o͟ʊvə(r)saɪt[/t]] oversights 1) N COUNT If there has been an oversight, someone has forgotten to do something which they should have done. William was angered and embarrassed by his oversight... By an unfortunate oversight, full instructions… … English dictionary