Oversight vs Hindsight - What's the difference?

oversight | hindsight |


As nouns the difference between oversight and hindsight

is that oversight is an omission; something that is left out, missed or forgotten while hindsight is realisation or understanding of the significance and nature of events after they have occurred.

oversight

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • An omission; something that is left out, missed or forgotten.
  • Supervision or management.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Can China clean up fast enough? , passage=It has jailed environmental activists and is planning to limit the power of judicial oversight by handing a state-approved body a monopoly over bringing environmental lawsuits.}}

    hindsight

    English

    (split)

    Noun

    (-)
  • Realisation or understanding of the significance and nature of events after they have occurred
  • When you read " Seven Little Rabbits" at age 6 and read it again 15 years later, the hindsight you've developed in the time between will make you look at and think of the book much differently than you did the first time!
  • The rear sight of a firearm
  • Antonyms

    * foresight

    Derived terms

    * hindsightly * twenty-twenty hindsight