- to cut short; cut off a part of; abridge; reduce; diminish.
Origin of curtail1
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Examples from the Web for curtailed
Was it a mistake to veto the bill that would have curtailed such furloughs?Want President Hillary? Then Primary Her
November 24, 2014
But the open policy was then curtailed again when border controls tightened significantly following 9/11.Ellis Island’s Doubled-Edged Legacy
May 25, 2014
In March 2012, Time reported that Israel had curtailed much of its covert activities in Iran.Inside Israel’s Frenemy Diplomacy With Turkey
October 21, 2013
Rumors spread from Foggy Bottom after the coup that arms shipments may be curtailed.What’s Left of Obama’s Mideast Policy?
July 18, 2013
Second, whatever Hacked Off and the politicians may say, some legitimate journalism will now be curtailed.Phone Hacking: The Scandal that Changed Everything for the British Press
March 18, 2013
We leave this list to be curtailed, or to be increased, at the pleasure of the reader.
Their creed is not strengthened by its being vague and curtailed.The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"
If this period is curtailed the temperature must be raised accordingly.Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition
H. L. Russell
I fear our short rations for man and horse will have to be curtailed.Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee
(His Son) Captain Robert E. Lee
It was itself printed from a copy which had been curtailed for acting purposes.A Life of William Shakespeare
- (tr) to cut short; abridge
Word Origin and History for curtailed
late 15c., from Middle French courtault "made short," from court "short" (Old French cort, from Latin curtus; see curt) + -ault pejorative suffix of Germanic origin. Originally curtal; used of horses with docked tails, which probably influenced the spelling. Related: Curtailed; curtailing.