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verb (used with object), sec·tion·al·ized, sec·tion·al·iz·ing.
  1. to render sectional.
  2. to divide into sections, especially geographical sections.
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Also especially British, sec·tion·al·ise.

Origin of sectionalize

First recorded in 1850–55; sectional + -ize
Related formssec·tion·al·i·za·tion, nounun·sec·tion·al·ized, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • In fact, it would have a tendency to sectionalize the party by which the change is made.

    The Facts of Reconstruction

    John R. Lynch

British Dictionary definitions for sectionalize



verb (tr)
  1. to render sectional
  2. to divide into sections, esp geographically
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Derived Formssectionalization or sectionalisation, noun
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