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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Curtail


CURTAIL, verb transitive [Latin , to cut; edge.] To shorten; to cut off the end or a part; as, to curtail words. Hence in a more general sense, to shorten in any manner; to abridge; to diminish; as, to curtail our privileges. It is followed by of before the thing shortened. His name was curtailed of three letters. We are curtailed of our rights.