1 [ker-teyl]
verb (used with object)
to cut short; cut off a part of; abridge; reduce; diminish.

1425–75; late Middle English curtailen to restrict (said of royal succession or inheritance), probably a conflation of Middle French courtau(l)d (see curtal) and Middle English taillen to cut (see taille, tailor)

curtailedly, adverb
curtailer, noun
curtailment, noun
noncurtailing, adjective
noncurtailment, noun
uncurtailed, adjective

lessen, dock. See shorten. Unabridged
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curtail (kɜːˈteɪl)
(tr) to cut short; abridge
[C16: changed (through influence of tail1) from obsolete curtal to dock; see curtal]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., from M.Fr. courtault "made short," from court "short," from L. curtus (see curt) + -ault pejorative suffix of Gmc. origin. Originally curtal; used of horses with docked tails, which probably influenced the spelling.
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Example sentences
But now the excruciating pain between her shoulder blades was curtailing her
  movements and making her feel old.
There are no significant technical obstacles that are curtailing current growth
  and development.
Some are prescriptive, enshrining freedoms, curtailing the powers of the state
  and generally hampering would-be dictators.
As they slowly begin to build an independent economy, the revolutionaries are
  curtailing the colonel's access to supplies.
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