Adjective "catchall" definition and examples

(Catchall may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Definitions and examples


A term or category that encompasses a variety of different elements.
  1. 'The ‘fly-on-the-wall’ documentary is a catchy but catch-all term used to describe a variety of observational documentary forms.'
  2. 'Those on both sides of the argument were united in the call for ‘compromise’, but acknowledged the difficulties of a catch-all solution.'
  3. 'Not that the catch-all term ‘flavouring’ on the label is designed to arouse any suspicions about the synthetic formulations within.'
  4. 'Optics is a catch-all term for the binoculars and scopes so essential to bird watching.'
  5. 'Restructuring is a catch-all term, used by companies in trouble who need to change or risk losing business as well as successful ones who want to keep their edge.'
  6. 'Mixed martial arts - the catch-all name for such competitions - has been struggling to escape its own history.'
  7. 'It would seem that it has become a catch-all excuse and is employed even when not applicable.'
  8. 'They are catch-all phrases that perhaps do not speak the intricacy of what they really mean.'
  9. 'Addressing this problem is no easy matter, not because of its global dimensions and its Sisyphean predilections, but because there is no catch-all solution.'

More definitions

1. a bag, basket, or other receptacle for odds and ends.

2. something that covers a wide variety of items or situations: The list is just a catchall of things I want to see or do on vacation. adjective

3. covering a wide variety of items or situations: The anthology is a catchall collection.

More examples(as adjective)

"bills can be catchall."