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overarching

Syllabification: o·ver·arch·ing
Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈärCHiNG
 
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Definition of overarching in English:

adjective

[attributive]
1Forming an arch over something: the overarching mangroves
1.1Comprehensive; all-embracing: a single overarching principle
More example sentences
  • The overarching aim of the National Archives policies is to improve public access to archives.
  • United Future contends that the foundations of this bill are rooted in the overarching principle of national security.
  • 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.

Derivatives

overarchingly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • For me, overarchingly, Bob Dylan is a huge influence right now.
  • Finally, and overarchingly, he offers something to everyone.
  • The Committee will be overarchingly concerned with quality issues arising from such areas as those listed below.

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