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curtail1

[ker-teyl] /kərˈteɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cut short; cut off a part of; abridge; reduce; diminish.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
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)
Related forms
curtailedly, adverb
curtailer, noun
curtailment, noun
noncurtailing, adjective
noncurtailment, noun
uncurtailed, adjective
Synonyms
lessen, dock. See shorten.
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British Dictionary definitions for un-curtailed

curtail

/kɜːˈteɪl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to cut short; abridge
Derived Forms
curtailer, noun
curtailment, noun
Word Origin
C16: changed (through influence of tail1) from obsolete curtal to dock; see curtal
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Word Origin and History for un-curtailed

curtail

v.

late 15c., from Middle French courtault "made short," from court "short" (Old French cort, from Latin curtus; see curt) + -ault pejorative suffix of Germanic origin. Originally curtal; used of horses with docked tails, which probably influenced the spelling. Related: Curtailed; curtailing.

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