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 Eddie Rispone, the Republican businessman who nearly beat Edwards, complained that Edwards’ curtailment of a generous tax break for industry was driving business away. Gordon Russell, ProPublica, "How an Environmental Regulator Became Known for Protecting Industry," 19 Dec. 2019 The curtailment of the national refugee quota comes despite great global upheaval, said Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Washington Post, "Oxfam, other nonprofits urge feds to raise refugee cap," 2 Oct. 2019 In a recent interview, Gov. John Bel Edwards — who has taken flak from political opponents for ordering a modest curtailment of ITEP — said he is concerned that modular building methods could be sapping the program’s ability to create jobs. Sara Sneath, ProPublica, "Chemical Companies Are Building Their Plants Overseas and Shipping Them Back In. They Still Get State Tax Breaks.," 6 Dec. 2019 The predictable results would be, in the short run, the curtailment of existing founders’ control. Karl W. Smith, Twin Cities, "Karl W. Smith: A wealth tax is simply un-American," 3 Nov. 2019 At the heart of the demonstrations is the outrage of a large and influential segment of the population at the curtailment of their limited democratic rights in the Putin era. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Fury at elections snub brings Moscow’s professionals back to politics," 22 Aug. 2019 Finally, overwhelming numbers of human beings, including millions of government-hating Americans, need to accept high taxes and severe curtailment of their familiar lifestyles without revolting. Jonathan Franzen, The New Yorker, "What If We Stopped Pretending?," 8 Sep. 2019 This process, called curtailment, remained a small factor, with only 2% of the potential generation lost this way. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Wind power prices now lower than the cost of natural gas," 17 Aug. 2019 In the lead-up to the move, the government also announced a sudden curtailment of an annual Hindu pilgrimage, citing a terror threat from Pakistan. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "India revokes special status of Kashmir, putting tense region on edge," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of curtailment

1794, in the meaning defined above

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“Curtailment.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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