AskDefine | Define oversight

Dictionary Definition



1 an unintentional omission resulting from failure to notice something [syn: inadvertence]
2 management by overseeing the performance or operation of a person or group [syn: supervision, supervising, superintendence]
3 a mistake resulting from inattention [syn: lapse]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. an omission; something that is left out, missed or forgotten.
    A small oversight at this stage can lead to big problems later.
  2. supervision or management
    The bureacracy was subject to government oversight.


  • Czech: přehlédnutí
  • Greek: αβλεψία

Extensive Definition

Oversight may refer to:
  • Checks and balances — The concept whereby separate agencies exercise balancing correctional authority over one another.

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