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 The Future Forward Party swept to power in 2019 elections, buoyed by young voters supportive of its calls for democratic reform and curtailment of military power. Amy Gunia, Time, "Thai Opposition Future Forward Party Avoids Being Disbanded, But Its Troubles Are Far From Over," 21 Jan. 2020 Tuesday’s reaction in Fujifilm shares probably owes as much to the curtailment of those entanglements as to the financial terms of the transaction. Washington Post, "Xerox Gives Fujifilm the Clean Break It Needs," 5 Nov. 2019 The first is the growth in renewable energy, which creates intermittency in supply as well as occasional supply spikes that lead to curtailment (shutting wind and solar off temporarily). David Roberts, Vox, "Using electricity at different times of day could save us billions of dollars," 7 Aug. 2019 Among the cornerstones of liberal democratic practice is the necessary curtailment of surveillance claims made by monarchs and municipal authorities. K.n.c., The Economist, "Surveillance is a fact of life, so make privacy a human right," 13 Dec. 2019 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

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First Known Use of curtailment

1794, in the meaning defined above

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“Curtailment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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