Definition of piecemeal in English:

piecemeal

Line breaks: piece|meal
Pronunciation: /ˈpiːsmiːl
 
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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]: many organizations have been built up 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.
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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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