verb (used with object)
- curtail step,
- curtain call,
- curtain lecture
Origin of curtail1
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.
Osama bin Laden may be dead but the extraordinary government powers and curtailment of civil liberties enacted after 9/11 remain.
The curtailment of the plan which compelled the architect to place a compressed west faade on a high socle, eliminated the door.Problems in Periclean Buildings|G. W. Elderkin
These, by a curtailment or national corruption of their proper prenomen, would be ordinarily styled Sandy this, Jock that.Toronto of Old|Henry Scadding
Old Kenion paid the bill, to avoid something worse than the curtailment of the university curriculum.Mrs. Thompson|William Babington Maxwell
And forsomuch it behooveth to see well to that when the time of battle cometh, that he borrow not, nor make no curtailment.
That there was no necessity for this third curtailment ordered in January.Thirty Years' View (Vol. I of 2)|Thomas Hart Benton
Word Origin for curtail
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.