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 Long-term curtailment of oil and gas drilling on federal lands would devastate the state’s budget. Paul J. Gessing, National Review, "Hurting the Economy without Helping the Climate? We’ve Got this Inside-Out," 12 Feb. 2021 Water curtailment has long loomed over the Southwest. New York Times, "Wall Street Eyes Billions in the Colorado’s Water," 3 Jan. 2021 But in recent weeks the rate has climbed by more than can be explained simply by the curtailment of the Tulane testing. Jeff Adelson,, "Mayor LaToya Cantrell warns of new restrictions if coronavirus case numbers don't improve," 7 Dec. 2020 Black men and women battled colonization, curtailment of voting rights and limited access to the political realm. Marjoleine Kars, Washington Post, "The Black women who fought for political rights — and get little credit," 6 Nov. 2020 The heavy curtailment of international flights as a result of the pandemic has also meant that many of those willing to fly home to cast their ballot cannot do so. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "The Absent Bloc That Could Decide the U.S. Election," 30 Oct. 2020 The theater on the campus of the University of Chicago had previous announced a curtailment of audiences sizes to no more than 100 people, to comply with coronavirus policies from the university. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Lyric Opera cancels rest of season: The latest coronavirus entertainment news in Chicago," 23 Oct. 2020 The spread also justified an extreme curtailment of campus life. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "America Will Sacrifice Anything for the College Experience," 20 Oct. 2020 The House report landed about an hour after the broader market buckled on Trump’s curtailment of stimulus talks until after the November election. Vildana Hajric,, "U.S. Stock Futures Advance as Investors Weigh Stimulus Talks," 6 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of curtailment

1794, in the meaning defined above

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1 Mar 2021

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“Curtailment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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