Definition of overarching adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

overarching

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvərˈɑːtʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈɑːrtʃɪŋ//
 
[usually before noun](formal)
 
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very important, because it includes or influences many things an overarching aim/concept/issue the overarching themes of race, violence and disorder
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: overarching