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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.
  1. a sofa composed of several independent sections that can be arranged individually or in various combinations.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. composed of several sections
  2. of or relating to a section
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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