cur·​tail·​ment | \ (ˌ)kər-ˈtāl-mənt How to pronounce curtailment (audio) \

Definition of curtailment

: the act of curtailing : the state of being curtailed

Examples of curtailment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Monday, the Tennessee Valley Authority initiated voluntary curtailment throughout the week due to high temperatures. Mark Heim |, al, 14 June 2022 The state sent curtailment notices to a larger group of about 4,500 water rights holders in August. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 The decision heralds a potentially significant curtailment of the administrative state. Mario Loyola, WSJ, 22 May 2022 For years, Europe has imported enormous volumes of gas from Russia to heat homes and power industry, but now that practice, which depends on billions of dollars’ worth of pipelines, faces severe curtailment. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 Lawmakers are trying again this year to enshrine the curtailment of solitary confinement in law. Kelan Lyons,, 28 Mar. 2022 While that level of water storage is good relative to many other water agencies, SFPUC officials said the state’s curtailment orders have prevented the city from tapping its water bank at Don Pedro Reservoir, thus reducing total capacity to 70%. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Nov. 2021 An industry trade group said in a letter to Senate leaders that even a temporary curtailment of the taxes risked unraveling the infrastructure package. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 20 Feb. 2022 Combined with the effect of bans on international payments and the plummeting value of the ruble, the curtailment of international shipping is likely to translate to fewer goods on Russian shelves. Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of curtailment

1794, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2022

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“Curtailment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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