of, for, or constituting discipline; enforcing or administering discipline: disciplinary action.

Origin of disciplinary

First recorded in 1575–85; discipline + -ary
Related formsnon·dis·ci·pli·nar·y, adjective
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Related Words for disciplinary

punitive, ordered, punishing

Examples from the Web for disciplinary

Contemporary Examples of disciplinary

Historical Examples of disciplinary

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

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • They are devised for disciplinary, postural, developmental, and health purposes.

    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 learningcriticism 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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