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  1. pertaining or limited to a particular section; local or regional: sectional politics.
  2. composed of several independent sections: a sectional sofa.
  3. of or relating to a section: a sectional view of the machine.
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  1. a sofa composed of several independent sections that can be arranged individually or in various combinations.
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Origin of sectional

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; section + -al1
Related formssec·tion·al·ly, adverbmul·ti·sec·tion·al, adjectivenon·sec·tion·al, adjectivenon·sec·tion·al·ly, adverbun·sec·tion·al, adjectiveun·sec·tion·al·ly, adverb
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Related Words for sectional

factional, exclusive, partial, separate, separatist, narrow, local, regional, selfish

Examples from the Web for sectional

Historical Examples of sectional

  • The sectional element has happily been eliminated from the tariff discussion.

    United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches


  • On the other hand, our writing is rich in local sentiment and sectional loyalty.

  • It's a national problem now, instead of a sectional problem.

  • What we want most is sectional treatises on single subjects.

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

  • Sectional interests were (p. 123) getting to be more considered than national.

    John Quincy Adams

    John. T. Morse

British Dictionary definitions for sectional


  1. composed of several sections
  2. of or relating to a section
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Derived Formssectionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sectional


1806; see section (n.) + -al (1). Noun meaning "piece of furniture composed of sections which can be used separately" is attested by 1961, from sectional seat, sectional sofa, etc. (1949).

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