oversight, omission

These words have a related meaning, but careful users distinguish between them. An oversight is (1) a failure to consider or notice and (2) an error due to carelessness: "Because of my oversight I never saw the landing." "Through oversight, I failed to date the check." Omission is a more general word implying something left out, not done, or neglected: "Lack of a signature is an omission on this check." An oversight is usually due to carelessness; an omission may be intentional or unintentional.

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  • omission — See oversight. See oversight, omission …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • oversight — See oversight, omission …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • omission — omis·sion /ō mi shən/ n 1: something neglected, left out, or left undone 2: the act, fact, or state of leaving something out or failing to do something esp. that is required by duty, procedure, or law liable for a criminal act or omission Merriam …   Law dictionary

  • oversight — I (carelessness) noun blunder, careless mistake, careless omission, erratum, error, failure, failure to notice, heedlessness, inadvertency, inattention, incuria, lapse, laxity, laxness, mistake, neglect, negligence, nonobservance, remissness,… …   Law dictionary

  • 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]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oversight — [n1] failure, omission blank*, blunder, carelessness, chasm, default, delinquency, dereliction, disregard, error, fault, inattention, lapse, laxity, miscue, mistake, neglect, overlook, overlooking, preterition, pretermission, skip, slip, slipup*; …   New thesaurus

  • omission — [n] something forgotten or excluded blank, breach, break, cancellation, carelessness, chasm, cutting out, default, disregard, disregardance, elimination, elision, excluding, exclusion, failing, failure, forgetfulness, gap, hiatus, ignoring,… …   New thesaurus

  • oversight — (n.) supervision, c.1400, from OVER (Cf. over) + SIGHT (Cf. sight). Meaning omission of notice, fact of passing over without seeing attested from late 15c.; Cf. OVERSEE (Cf. oversee) …   Etymology 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 of the Troubled Asset Relief Program — The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act created the Troubled Assets Relief Program to administer up to $700 billion. Several oversight mechanisms are established by the bill, including the Congressional Oversight Panel, the Special Inspector… …   Wikipedia

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