Definition of piecemeal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

piecemeal

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈpiːsmiːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpiːsmiːl//
 
[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. Word 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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