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piecemeal

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adverb piece·meal \ ˈpēs-ˌmēl , -ˈmēl \

Definition of piecemeal

1 :one piece at a time :gradually
2 :in pieces or fragments :apart

Examples of piecemeal in a Sentence

  1. remodeled their house piecemeal because of budgetary constraints

  2. one well-aimed blow ripped the piñata piecemeal

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First Known Use of piecemeal

14th century


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piecemeal

adjective

Definition of piecemeal

:done, made, or accomplished piece by piece or in a fragmentary way
  • piecemeal reforms in the system

Examples of piecemeal in a Sentence

  1. They've done piecemeal repairs in the past, but the bridge now needs major reconstruction.

  2. Some people want the changes to be made all at once, but I think we should take a more piecemeal approach.

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First Known Use of piecemeal

1593


PIECEMEAL Defined for English Language Learners

piecemeal

adjective

Definition of piecemeal for English Language Learners

  • : done or made in a gradual way in a series of separate steps


PIECEMEAL Defined for Kids

piecemeal

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adverb piece·meal \ ˈpēs-ˌmēl \

Definition of piecemeal for Students

:one piece at a time :little by little
  • The repairs were made piecemeal.


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