adjective & adverb
Characterized by unsystematic partial measures taken over a period of time: [as adjective]: the village is slowly being killed off by piecemeal development [as adverb]: some can only be had as part of a package, while others can be installed piecemeal
More example sentences
- In comparison, all other tax deduction measures are too piecemeal, and too minimal, in effect.
- The Court might seek to change parts of it piecemeal and over a period of time as this would appear to be less provocative towards an elected body.
- The inquiry should ask why a piecemeal approach was allowed, and why different sets of stalls are used in tests and on courses.
Middle English: from the noun piece + -meal from Old English mǣlum, in the sense 'measure, quantity taken at one time'.