cur·​tail·​ment (ˌ)kər-ˈtāl-mənt How to pronounce curtailment (audio)
: the act of curtailing : the state of being curtailed

Examples of curtailment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The facility generates power credits during periods of economic curtailment, and the Company's share of power credits from January 2024 will offset a portion of the foregone revenue from curtailment. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 Feb. 2024 The attacks have resulted in the direct curtailment of aid deliveries to Gaza’s starving population. Gabe Joselow, NBC News, 6 Apr. 2024 China’s near-total curtailment of exports from Lithuania last December followed moves by leaders in Vilnius to support Taiwan, which Beijing considers a breakaway province. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, 7 Dec. 2022 The current tension in the Middle East has led to the curtailment of flight options between South Florida and Israel to just El Al’s direct service. Vinod Sreeharsha, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 Such as the pitch timer, the curtailment of radical defensive shifts and the introduction of larger bases, coupled with limitations on how many times a pitcher could attempt a pickoff. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Jan. 2024 Palestinians place the onus squarely on Israel’s devastating bombardment and the harsh curtailment of all of life’s necessities — food, fuel, clean water, medical care. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2023 Ahead of the meeting, China’s state media laid out Beijing’s major concerns: the Biden administration’s China policy, supply chain curtailments, restrictions on high-tech products such as advanced chips, and tariffs on Chinese products. Fatima Hussein, Fortune, 9 Nov. 2023 Wind power also can be wasted if the weather is especially breezy, and California’s combined curtailment of wind and solar set a new record this April. Andrew Moseman, The Atlantic, 31 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of curtailment was in 1794

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“Curtailment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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