done or happening gradually at different times and often in different ways, rather than carefully planned at the beginning a piecemeal approach to dealing with the problem piecemeal changes Alterations have been carried out on a piecemeal basis.adjectivejump to other results
NAmE//ˈpismil//[usually before noun] (often disapproving)
The reforms were implemented piecemeal. The companies were broken up and sold off piecemeal over several years.
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