- 1Reduce in extent or quantity; impose a restriction on: civil liberties were further curtailedMore example sentences
- But what they end up with, after all the reserve they impose (and which curtails their creative impetus) is merely anecdotal.
- I think it is a pity that they did not get an opportunity to curtail the hours and restrict the use of the main auditorium.
- Play is now restricted or curtailed with the par reduced and handicaps proportionately trimmed.
late 15th century: from obsolete curtal 'horse with a docked tail', from French courtault, from court 'short', from Latin curtus. The change in the ending was due to association with tail1 and perhaps also with French tailler 'to cut'.