from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A (supposed) universal medicine; a panacea.


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    pan·chres·ton   pan-kres-tuhn Show IPA


    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.

    Here it's pretty clear. Just as adoarns said.

    July 21, 2011

  • See also: Occam's razor. And, uh, my profile.

    December 19, 2007

  • Is an explanation which attempts to explain too much at once, thereby becoming overbroad and useless.

    Conspiracy theories are often panchresta.

    December 19, 2007