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[sek-shuh-nl] /ˈsɛk ʃə nl/
pertaining or limited to a particular section; local or regional:
sectional politics.
composed of several independent sections:
a sectional sofa.
of or relating to a section:
a sectional view of the machine.
a sofa composed of several independent sections that can be arranged individually or in various combinations.
Origin of sectional
1800-10, Americanism; section + -al1
Related forms
sectionally, adverb
multisectional, adjective
nonsectional, adjective
nonsectionally, adverb
unsectional, adjective
unsectionally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sectional
  • He was a non-majority, sectional president, put in office by wealthy interest in which he worked for as a corporate lawyer.
  • As a historian, she is free from narrow national and sectional prejudices.
  • The evidence you cited was cross-sectional and pooled the richest with the poorest countries.
  • In the filaments, the same cross-sectional pattern of holes is preserved, but on a microscopic scale.
  • But there are powers in the land that governments must be prepared to get across if sectional interests are not to run loose.
  • Teasing causation from cross-sectional data is challenging.
  • sectional tensions had begun spilling over into research and education.
  • Moreover, he has been able to adapt it to his imaginative purposes without political or sectional bluster.
  • The debate as to whether to initiate a national census, for example, was along sectional lines.
  • We are sitting in the parlor on a brown sectional sofa strewn with brown pillows beneath bare brown walls.
British Dictionary definitions for sectional


composed of several sections
of or relating to a section
Derived Forms
sectionally, 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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