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 the curtailment of commercial fishing owing to fears over contaminated
  seafood may hasten the recovery of exploited species.
Then there is the whole legal liability for power curtailment as is usually
  mentioned as one of the primary benefits.
Others worry about curtailment of freedom of expression.
The criticism is having an effect, and the curtailment of entertainment visas
  will dent the problem.
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