oversight

Part of speech: noun

An error due to inattention.

Part of speech: noun

Watchful supervision; superintendence.

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Usage examples "oversight":

  1. Though he didn't say it, I got the sense that his guys were out of control, so excited by the freedom from ad- hoc oversight that they were running wild. - "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom", Cory Doctorow.
  2. Taken at their face value, the recorded stories of that early time would leave one to infer that the common people, whose industry supported this superstructure of sordid mastery, could have survived only by oversight. - "An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation", Thorstein Veblen.
  3. Doctor Howe organized the blind asylum so that it almost ran itself without his oversight, and as always happens in such cases he was idolized by those who were under his direction. - "Cambridge Sketches", Frank Preston Stearns.