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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

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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



  1. of, promoting, or used for discipline; corrective
  2. 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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