Definition of piecemeal adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

piecemeal

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//ˈpismil//
 
[usually before noun](often disapproving)
 
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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.
piecemealadverb
 
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The reforms were implemented piecemeal. The companies were broken up and sold off piecemeal over several years.