poin·​til·​lis·​tic | \ ˌpȯin-tə-ˈli-stik, ˌpwaⁿ(n)-tē-ˈyi-stik How to pronounce pointillistic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pointillist \ ˈpȯin-​tə-​list How to pronounce pointillist (audio) , ˌpwaⁿ(n)-​tē-​ˈyēst How to pronounce pointillist (audio) \

Definition of pointillistic

1 : composed of many discrete details or parts
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of pointillism or pointillists

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Her approach, with a major policy released seemingly every other day, is pointillistic; her various plans—from breaking up big tech to re-energizing domestic manufacturing—creating a cutting critique of the status quo. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Democrats Are Winning the Battle of Ideas, But Could Still Lose the War," 10 June 2019 Her pieces were pointillistic and dizzying, defining odd meters and adding and subtracting notes to make the patterns endlessly flex and realign. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "At Moogfest, Electronics Stimulate Ears and Emotions," 21 May 2018 There also were paintings of Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Princess Leia and even a pointillistic portrait of Boba Fett made with hundreds of black and white Stormtrooper and Darth Vader stickers. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Thousands of 'Star Wars' fans flock to annual May the Fourth festival," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of pointillistic

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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