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The Definition of - curtailment (noun)

    verb (used with object)
    1.
    to cut short; cut off a part of; abridge; reduce; diminish.

Word Example of - curtailment

    Example Sentences for curtailment

    They were slow to see the necessity of some form of curtailment and limitation of the traffic.

    There was a noble financial policy, a curtailment of expense.

    Harshness, espionage, and a curtailment of liberty result unavoidably from these difficulties.

    That there was no necessity for this third curtailment ordered in January.

    The passion of the hour was the curtailment of the royal authority, he says.

    It is difficult not to suspect some omission or curtailment here.

    New Orleans, of course, he meant—for these men are perfect Lacons in conversation, and I understood the curtailment of the name.

    This curtailment was not to take effect till the 1st of July, 1859.

    This rejection however was not a curtailment of jurisdiction, but a substitution of other language in the stead of Randolph's.

    If any curtailment is made, it must be done as well as circumstances will permit.

Word Origin & History of - curtailment

    Word Origin & History

    curtail late 15c., from M.Fr. courtault "made short," from court "short," from L. curtus (see curt) + -ault pejorative suffix of Gmc. origin. Originally curtal; used of horses with docked tails, which probably influenced the spelling.