Oversight O"ver*sight`, n. 1. Watchful care; superintendence; general supervision. [1913 Webster]

2. An overlooking; an omission; an error. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

3. Escape from an overlooked peril. [R.] ``His fool-happy oversight.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Superintendence; supervision; inspection; overlooking; inadvertence; neglect; mistake; error; omission. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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