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oversight.

over*sight

Pronunciation: \'[macron over o]-v[schwa]r-,s[macron over i]t\

noun

1 : the act or duty of overseeing : watchful care <He was assigned oversight of the project.>

2 : an error or something forgotten through carelessness or haste <It was surely an oversight that you weren't invited.>

Headscratcher: What do "watchful care" and "careless error" have in common? Though they are opposites they are both meanings of oversight.

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Date:Jan 1, 2009
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