- to cut short; cut off a part of; abridge; reduce; diminish.
Origin of curtail1
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Examples from the Web for curtailment
The mayor-elect turned serious when asked how the appointment jibed with his call for the curtailment of stop-and-frisk.Can Bill Bratton Solve De Blasio’s NYPD Dilemma?
December 5, 2013
Osama bin Laden may be dead but the extraordinary government powers and curtailment of civil liberties enacted after 9/11 remain.Bin Laden's Real Legacy
David K. Shipler
May 26, 2011
But, perhaps, such a sacrifice as the curtailment of your education will not be required of you.Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp
Annie Roe Carr
There was a noble financial policy, a curtailment of expense.Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete
That there was no necessity for this third curtailment ordered in January.
Why not then stop the curtailment, and restore the exchanges to their former footing?
But did they ever consent to a curtailment of their own rights?Saunterings in and about London
- (tr) to cut short; abridge
Word Origin and History for curtailment
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.