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1. A distinct, usually specialized division of a large organization, especially:
a. A principal administrative division of a government: the department of public works.
b. A division of a business specializing in a particular product or service: the personnel department.
c. A division of a school or college dealing with a particular field of knowledge: the physics department.
2. Department One of the principal executive divisions of the federal government of the United States, headed by a cabinet officer.
3. A section of a department store selling a particular line of merchandise: the home furnishings department.
4. An administrative district in France.
5. A unit of a warship's crew, organized by function, such as gunnery or engineering.
6. An area of particular knowledge or responsibility; a specialty: Getting the kids to bed is my department.

[French département, from Old French, separation, from departir, to divide; see depart.]

de′part·men′tal (dē′pärt-mĕn′tl) adj.
de′part·men′tal·ly adv.
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Adv.1.departmentally - dependent on a department


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You are subordinate to me departmentally at present.
Such act on your part is a gross misconduct and liable to be dealt with departmentally,' the notification reads.
Pipes All types & Class supplied departmentally free of cost) including ISI marked Ductile Iron fittings conforming to IS:9523-2000 for push on joint / Flanged Joint / Mechanical Joint with externally and internally coated with Fusion Bonded Epoxy with necessary jointing material rubber gasketElectrosteel / Kejriwal make (IS 5382 1985) (Supplied
He said that efforts were underway for recovery of remaining loss departmentally as well as through FIA and NAB.