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



BrE BrE//ˈpiːsmiːl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpiːsmiːl//
(often disapproving)
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gradually at different times and often in different ways, rather than in a way that is carefully planned at the beginning The reforms were implemented piecemeal. The companies were broken up and sold off piecemeal over several years.

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