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piecemeal

Syllabification: piece·meal
Pronunciation: /ˈpēsˌmēl
 
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Definition of piecemeal in English:

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.
Synonyms
a little at a time, piece by piece, bit by bit, gradually, slowly, in stages, in steps, step by step, little by little, by degrees, in/by fits and starts

Origin

Middle English: from the noun piece + -meal from Old English mǣlum, in the sense 'measure, quantity taken at one time'.

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