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      adv   at intervals, bit by bit, by degrees, by fits and starts, fitfully, intermittently, little by little, partially, slowly  
      adj   fragmentary, intermittent, interrupted, partial, patchy, spotty, unsystematic  
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If you describe a change or process as piecemeal, you disapprove of it because it happens gradually, usually at irregular intervals, and is probably not satisfactory.      adj   usu ADJ n     (disapproval)    ...piecemeal changes to the constitution.     
      Piecemeal is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
The government plans to sell the railways piecemeal to the private sector...     

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piece, pierce, piebald, peaceable

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