- to cut short; cut off a part of; abridge; reduce; diminish.
Origin of curtail1
Synonyms for curtail
Examples from the Web for uncurtailed
Historical Examples of uncurtailed
The full, free ownership of the soil implied not only the possibility of uncurtailed possession, but also of selling the soil.The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State
By the way, I was much pleased by Lindley picking out my extinction paragraphs and giving them uncurtailed.The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume I (of II)
- (tr) to cut short; abridge
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.