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[dis-uh-pluh-ner-ee] /ˈdɪs ə pləˌnɛr i/
of, for, or constituting discipline; enforcing or administering discipline:
disciplinary action.
Origin of disciplinary
First recorded in 1575-85; discipline + -ary
Related forms
nondisciplinary, adjective Unabridged
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  • They are devised for disciplinary, postural, developmental, and health purposes.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • It is held to be of disciplinary value, especially in strengthening the memory.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • On this account he was haled before the disciplinary committee of the faculty.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • "I don't mean for disciplinary purposes," the captain growled.

    But, I Don't Think Gordon Randall Garrett
  • If they are true, are you proceeding in the disciplinary way against me?

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
British Dictionary definitions for disciplinary


of, promoting, or used for discipline; corrective
relating to a branch of learning: criticism that crosses disciplinary boundaries
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Word Origin and History for disciplinary

1590s, from Medieval Latin disciplinarius, from Latin disciplina (see discipline (n.)).

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