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  1. lack of discipline or control: a campus problem of student indiscipline.
  2. an instance of this.
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Origin of indiscipline

First recorded in 1775–85; in-3 + discipline
Related formsin·dis·ci·plin·a·ble, adjectivein·dis·ci·plined, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Subject to indiscipline, they have many a fault to find with him who is well educated.

    The Sportsman


  • He took over a command where slackness and indiscipline were general.

    The Armed Forces Officer

    U. S. Department of Defense

  • Queen, the pathetic victim of the indiscipline of her own impulses, was gone.

    The Pretty Lady

    Arnold E. Bennett

  • This abnormal concurrence of indiscipline was extremely unlucky for the bishop.

    Soul of a Bishop

    H. G. Wells

  • The commandants were at variance and there was indiscipline in the laagers.

    A Handbook of the Boer War

    Gale and Polden, Limited

British Dictionary definitions for indiscipline


  1. lack of discipline
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Word Origin and History for indiscipline


1783, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + discipline (n.). Indisciplined as a past participle adjective is attested from c.1400.

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