[ pan-kres-tuh n ]
/ pænˈkrɛs tən /


a proposed explanation intended to address a complex problem by trying to account for all possible contingencies but typically proving to be too broadly conceived and therefore oversimplified to be of any practical use.

Origin of panchreston

1625–35; < Greek pánchrēston, neuter of pánchrēstos good for everything, equivalent to pan- pan- + chrēs-, verbid stem of chrâsthai to be useful + -tos verbal adjective suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020