Definition of piecemeal in English:

piecemeal

adjective & adverb

  • Characterized by unsystematic partial measures taken over a period of time.

    [as adjective] ‘the village is slowly being killed off by piecemeal development’
    [as adverb] ‘some can only be had as part of a package, while others can be installed piecemeal’
    • ‘He said that the changes to the ministry were being done on a strategic basis and were not piecemeal or temporary.’
    • ‘The inquiry should ask why a piecemeal approach was allowed, and why different sets of stalls are used in tests and on courses.’
    • ‘He said a traffic survey of the whole estate was needed rather than taking a piecemeal approach.’
    • ‘Because of the high cost and complexity of the project, it's been built piecemeal.’
    • ‘The script is written in a piecemeal fashion depending on the availability of artistes, both male and female.’
    • ‘For many years, a lot of hard-working people have tried to tackle those problems in a piecemeal fashion.’
    • ‘In comparison, all other tax deduction measures are too piecemeal, and too minimal, in effect.’
    • ‘So he is forced into a feebly slow, piecemeal approach to an issue where boldness above all is required.’
    • ‘Recently we have seen some good developments but we have also seen some botched piecemeal developments.’
    • ‘They agreed that it demanded a concerted response, not piecemeal action.’
    • ‘They should not be allowed to do piecemeal work but lay a fresh road.’
    • ‘He believed the entire matter should be put back for one month to prevent the matter being done piecemeal.’
    • ‘Some see that as a kind of visionary genius that goes beyond limited piecemeal approaches.’
    • ‘The union is against plans to introduce the change to a six-term school year being introduced across the country in a piecemeal way.’
    • ‘One major problem of this piecemeal approach is that the source of distortions is obscured.’
    • ‘Despite this the approach seems to be piecemeal and applied only to initiatives at the margins of health policy.’
    • ‘The piecemeal approach means that there is some repetition and that the conclusions are necessarily modest.’
    • ‘More than six writers took turns hacking at the story-line, which resulted in a rather piecemeal plot.’
    • ‘The Court might seek to change parts of it piecemeal and over a period of time as this would appear to be less provocative towards an elected body.’
    • ‘Otherwise, change through the present client system would only lead to piecemeal change.’
    a little at a time, piece by piece, bit by bit, gradually, slowly, in stages, in steps, step by step, little by little, by degrees, by fits and starts, in fits and starts, in bits
    bittily, irregularly, erratically, unevenly, discontinuously, disjointedly, unsystematically
    inchmeal
    a little at a time, piece by piece, bit by bit, gradually, slowly, in stages, in steps, step by step, little by little, by degrees, by fits and starts, in fits and starts, in bits
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Origin

Middle English: from the noun piece + -meal from Old English mǣlum, in the sense measure, quantity taken at one time.

Pronunciation:

piecemeal

/ˈpēsˌmēl/