piecemeal

[ pees-meel ]
/ ˈpisˌmil /

adverb

piece by piece; one piece at a time; gradually: to work piecemeal.
into pieces or fragments: to tear a letter piecemeal.

adjective

done piecemeal.

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Origin of piecemeal

1250–1300; Middle English pecemele; replacing Old English styccemǣlum. See piece, -meal
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piecemeal
/ (ˈpiːsˌmiːl) /

adverb

by degrees; bit by bit; gradually
in or into pieces or piece from pieceto tear something piecemeal

adjective

fragmentary or unsystematica piecemeal approach

Word Origin for piecemeal

C13 pecemele, from piece + -mele, from Old English mælum quantity taken at one time
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