Definition of overarching in English:

overarching

adjective

  • 1attributive Forming an arch over something.

    ‘the overarching mangroves’
    1. 1.1 Comprehensive; all-embracing.
      ‘a single overarching principle’
      • ‘In effect, nationalism provided a strong overarching bond of identity to set against and ameliorate class divisions.’
      • ‘It is also highly selective, highlighting a few overarching issues with wide biological impact or interest for the non-specialist, noting important trends and interpreting their significance.’
      • ‘The overarching principle at work is that everyone contributes to the common need.’
      • ‘While not everyone agrees on what should or should not be included in open access publishing, an overarching feature is that there should be universal access to all scientific knowledge.’
      • ‘And once the band start to realise that the Foum is theirs for the taking, there's no stopping the emotional exuberance overriding the technical side and becoming the overarching feature of the night.’
      • ‘United Future contends that the foundations of this bill are rooted in the overarching principle of national security.’
      • ‘However, the overarching principle is that of conscientious objection, rather than the risk of participating in unlawful acts.’
      • ‘At present, most democratic civil law countries tend to uphold the doctrine of strict legality as an overarching principle.’
      • ‘The overarching aim of the National Archives policies is to improve public access to archives.’
      • ‘In place of an overarching framework - the web that connects humanity together - historians are encouraged to focus their inquiry on the local and particular.’
      • ‘There is one overarching positive message for developing countries from the genome project.’
      • ‘However, its main strength is its potential to provide an overarching political framework that will enable a wide range of goals to become achievable.’
      • ‘Pedagogical freedom is not an absolute; it is instrumental and subservient to the university's overarching interest in promoting free inquiry and debate.’
      • ‘I'm interested in what you see as the overarching artistic principle here.’
      • ‘While it is imperative to have an overarching policy framework that comprehends the fundamental factors shaping our world, in practice, foreign policy typically is local.’
      • ‘The overarching theme of the manifesto is that Britain is heading in the wrong direction.’
      • ‘The United Nations has an overarching responsibility for refugee matters.’
      • ‘The overarching objective of the review is to complement the work of the current investigation team by assessing progress to date.’
      • ‘From an overarching historical perspective, Scots and Scotland have been for several hundred years at the forefront of medical, educational, technological and philanthropic innovation.’
      • ‘It seems to me to be totally inappropriate for one department to be able to have that sort of overarching control of that wider area.’
      inclusive, all-inclusive, complete
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Pronunciation

overarching

/ˌōvərˈärCHiNG//ˌoʊvərˈɑrtʃɪŋ/