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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


References in classic literature ?
You are subordinate to me departmentally at present.
Tenders are invited for Providing additional DTC in various location for system improvement of voltage condition on Existing TC of Indi Sub-Division in Vijayapur Circle with erection of departmentally supplied Distribution Transformers and ETV meters for DTC
The guidelines further state that banks are not allowed to undertake insurance business with risk participation departmentally, and may do so only through a subsidiary or JV set up for the purpose.
An official note released by the joint commissioner of police ( northern range) read, " In the follow- up action, the then SHO ( Vijay Vihar), IO of the cases and four constables have been placed under suspension and they all will be dealt with departmentally.
He said that efforts were underway for recovery of remaining loss departmentally as well as through FIA and NAB.
Rawat was addressing the passing out function of 10th batch of departmentally chosen subordinate officers after 20 weeks of training before being assigned the rank of Sub Inspectors.