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English definition of “oversight”

oversight

noun uk   /ˈəʊ.və.saɪt/ us    /ˈoʊ.vɚ-/

oversight noun (MISTAKE)

[C or U] a mistake made because of a failure to notice something: They claimed it was simply (an) oversight.Faults and mistakes

oversight noun (RESPONSIBILITY)

[U] responsibility for a job or activity and for making sure it is being done correctly: Who has oversight of genetic testing?
(Definition of oversight from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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