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Definition to stop or restrict something
  • He began to reconstruct the events of the past twenty-four hours and his smile widened, a brief, curtailed laugh escaping from his throat.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Q: Does this postponement have anything to do with the Russian decision to curtail their space program after the crash of Zond 19?
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • But we cannot solve the problems of legislative independence and responsibility by abolishing or curtailing democracy.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The twenty-first will no doubt be marked by a struggle to curtail excessive corporate power.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Enrique says that were he an American citizen, he would want to curtail illegal immigration.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • It was Will's accident that had curtailed our plans for a life together, after all.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • "What is your address?" inquired a young lady behind the counter, taking up the curtailed conversation.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • "Sir, I do not wish to act against you," I said; and my unsteady voice warned me to curtail my sentence.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Now, whenever I hear any one advocating measures that are meant to curtail the development of another, I pity the individual who would do this.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Even the air systems had been curtailed.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • I may have to curtail our time together to-day....
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Who would wish less to curtail your liberty than I?
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • "As most of it remains in Sounis, my work on it will necessarily be curtailed," said the magus, frowning at him.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • Any other method of curtailing profits is the method of looters —and I recognize it as such.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Like a wise commander, who finds he has occupied too much ground for the amount of his force, he began to curtail his outworks.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • After that he curtailed his travel.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • But public bigotry has since been vastly curtailed.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Who would wish less to curtail your liberty than I?
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • I never have learned to reproach myself for such things; and then my experience in curtailing them was limited.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The boys' play was abruptly curtailed as the noise of screaming children approached.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game

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