cur·​tail·​ment | \(ˌ)kər-ˈtāl-mənt \

Definition of curtailment 

: the act of curtailing : the state of being curtailed

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One fear is that Trump might go for a deal in which the United States agrees to a curtailment of long-range missile development by North Korea while other programs remain. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Trump's goal of total 'denuclearization' of North Korea is a long shot," 7 June 2018 As India and America enter election seasons, latent trade tensions and Indian anxiety over a possible curtailment of high-skilled visas threaten to expose an underlying fragility in the relationship. Atman Trivedi, The New Republic, "The U.S.-India Relationship Needs Work," 15 May 2018 No explanation was given for the curtailment of the drills or the Taiwan Strait exercise, and the Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to questions. Christopher Bodeen,, "China announces Taiwan Strait live-fire drills amid tensions," 12 Apr. 2018 Sales rose under Obama as some gun owners feared curtailment of their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Katy Moeller And David Staats, idahostatesman, "This Treasure Valley gun dealer closes its doors, seeks bankruptcy protection | Idaho Statesman," 4 Apr. 2018 So long as this is the fact, crop curtailment is repugnant in principle. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "Food stamps may become like Blue Apron. In the Great Depression, they started with blue coupons.," 13 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, a shutdown could result in the curtailment of some programs, such as those under the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program, depending on the level of available funding. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan senators will vote against GOP's short-term budget," 19 Jan. 2018 When unprecedented winter supply curbs lapse in the coming weeks, BHP Billiton Ltd. forecasts mills in the top producer will step up output, boosting run rates through the second quarter to make up for curtailments. Jasmine Ng,, "What Happens When China's Steel Curbs End? Here's BHP's Take," 21 Feb. 2018 That’s why Trump should focus on getting those changes, as well as an end of the visa lottery and a curtailment of chain migration. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Durbin-Graham Is the Problem, Not the Solution," 26 Jan. 2018

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1794, in the meaning defined above

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