- having or exhibiting discipline; rigorous: paintings characterized by a disciplined technique.
Origin of disciplined
- training to act in accordance with rules; drill: military discipline.
- activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training: A daily stint at the typewriter is excellent discipline for a writer.
- punishment inflicted by way of correction and training.
- the rigor or training effect of experience, adversity, etc.: the harsh discipline of poverty.
- behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control: good discipline in an army.
- a set or system of rules and regulations.
- Ecclesiastical. the system of government regulating the practice of a church as distinguished from its doctrine.
- an instrument of punishment, especially a whip or scourge, used in the practice of self-mortification or as an instrument of chastisement in certain religious communities.
- a branch of instruction or learning: the disciplines of history and economics.
- to train by instruction and exercise; drill.
- to bring to a state of order and obedience by training and control.
- to punish or penalize in order to train and control; correct; chastise.
Origin of discipline
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Examples from the Web for disciplined
The cops also asked for “very public apology” from the team, and demanded that the five players be disciplined.The St. Louis Rams Enter the Ferguson Fray
December 1, 2014
So a well-briefed and disciplined nominee could change things.The Coming Battle for a New SecDef
November 25, 2014
In contrast to the feckless Iraqi commanders who fled Mosul, these Iranian forces are disciplined, motivated, and ruthless.How Iran and America Can Beat ISIS Together
Ben Van Heuvelen
June 21, 2014
The girls are disciplined athletes, trained to think under pressure.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town
E. Jean Carroll
April 19, 2014
He was clean cut, disciplined and a seemingly happily married father of a beautiful young baby girl.Can Darren Sharper Beat His Rape Rap With the Kobe Defense?
Eboni K. Williams
March 18, 2014
The woman before her had been disciplined by sorrow to sternest self-control.Within the Law
You'll make mistakes; you'll break rules; you'll have to be disciplined.The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters
Charles Henry Lerrigo
What is wanting is disciplined taste, more variety, more severity.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
Even before his mother saw it, she knew she was going to be disciplined.In Apple-Blossom Time
Clara Louise Burnham
He formed the rough Bohemian peasantry into a disciplined army.History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
- training or conditions imposed for the improvement of physical powers, self-control, etc
- systematic training in obedience to regulations and authority
- the state of improved behaviour, etc, resulting from such training or conditions
- punishment or chastisement
- a system of rules for behaviour, methods of practice, etc
- a branch of learning or instruction
- the laws governing members of a Church
- a scourge of knotted cords
- to improve or attempt to improve the behaviour, orderliness, etc, of by training, conditions, or rules
- to punish or correct
Word Origin and History for disciplined
early 13c., "penitential chastisement; punishment," from Old French descepline (11c.) "discipline, physical punishment; teaching; suffering; martyrdom," and directly from Latin disciplina "instruction given, teaching, learning, knowledge," also "object of instruction, knowledge, science, military discipline," from discipulus (see disciple (n.)).
Sense of "treatment that corrects or punishes" is from notion of "order necessary for instruction." The Latin word is glossed in Old English by þeodscipe. Meaning "branch of instruction or education" is first recorded late 14c. Meaning "military training" is from late 15c.; that of "orderly conduct as a result of training" is from c.1500.
c.1300; see discipline (n.). Related: Disciplined; disciplines; disciplining.