a branch of instruction or learning: the disciplines of history and economics.
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.
- dis·ci·pli·nal [dis-uh-pluh-nl, -plin-l, dis-uh-plahyn-l], /ˈdɪs ə plə nl, -ˌplɪn l, ˌdɪs əˈplaɪn l/, adjective
- dis·ci·plin·er, noun
- mul·ti·dis·ci·pline, noun
- non·dis·ci·plin·ing, adjective
- o·ver·dis·ci·pline, verb, o·ver·dis·ci·plined, o·ver·dis·ci·plin·ing.
- pre·dis·ci·pline, noun, verb (used with object), pre·dis·ci·plined, pre·dis·ci·plin·ing.
- re·dis·ci·pline, verb (used with object), re·dis·ci·plined, re·dis·ci·plin·ing.
- sub·dis·ci·pline, noun
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How to use discipline in a sentence
Great discipline is taking place in China, as President Xi strongly leads what will be a very successful operation.Timeline: The 124 times Trump has downplayed the coronavirus threat | Aaron Blake, JM Rieger | September 17, 2020 | Washington Post
The discipline, drive, and sacrifices required to win—and to consistently stay at the top—resonated with me in Novak Djokovic’s Serve to Win.Book recommendations from Fortune’s 40 under 40 in finance | Rachel King | September 8, 2020 | Fortune
It doesn’t mean you have to follow it exactly, but keeping a steady calendar has a way of sharpening discipline.17 extremely useful productivity tips from this year’s 40 Under 40 | Maria Aspan | September 6, 2020 | Fortune
While she defended Germany’s borrowing binge, Merkel showed that her government aims to maintain as much budget discipline as possible.‘Things will become more difficult:’ Merkel tries to sell debt-averse Germany on her ambitious COVID spending plan | Bernhard Warner | August 28, 2020 | Fortune
The new commission, if approved, would have the ability to recommend discipline for officers, but those decisions would ultimately rest with the police chief.Police Review Board Was Denied Docs, Interviews in 2015 Shooting Review | Sara Libby | July 22, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
He is an immensely talented quarterback who has dedicated his entire life to athletic excellence and discipline.Justin Bieber Isn’t Even 21, Yet Makes More Money Than Meryl Streep | Amy Zimmerman | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bullhooks, whippings, and electric shocks were used as the main methods of discipline and training for their exotic animals.
Four, the recruitment by the Republicans of affable-seeming candidates who had some discipline drilled into them.
Their collective failings come down to message discipline, candidate selection, and voter targeting.
Whether it ultimately takes aesthetic discipline or neurosis to get to that point, it's hard to say.
Very instructive here is the way in which children will voluntarily come and submit themselves to our discipline.Children's Ways | James Sully
The fact that the day following the punishment parade was a Sunday brought about a certain relaxation from discipline.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
It secures in many cases, at least, a ready compliance with a large part of the discipline enforced.Children's Ways | James Sully
My children, keep discipline in peace: for wisdom that is hid, and a treasure that is not seen, what profit is there in them both?The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Their discipline is admirable, but their natural disposition is likewise quiet and inoffensive.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
British Dictionary definitions for discipline
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
- disciplinable, adjective
- disciplinal (ˌdɪsɪˈplaɪnəl, ˈdɪsɪˌplɪnəl), adjective
- discipliner, noun
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