adjective cur·tate \ˈkərˌtāt\

Definition of curtate

  1. :  comparatively short or shortened curtate expectation of life; specifically, of an annuity :  payable to the end of each complete year survived but not for part of a year

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Origin and Etymology of curtate

Latin curtatus, past participle of curtare to shorten, from curtus shortened — more at shear

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a brief usually trivial fact

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