- 1 [mass noun] The practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behaviour, using punishment to correct disobedience: a lack of proper parental and school disciplineMore example sentences
- This legal code dealt with military discipline, criminal law and societal customs and regulation.
- In 1923 parliament began to revise the code of military discipline.
- Although the rhetoric of the military is all about discipline, the daily practice of the troops is a cut throat entrepreneurialism.
- 1.1The controlled behaviour resulting from such training: he was able to maintain discipline among his menMore example sentences
- Here, the battle commanders had been able to maintain a semblance of discipline and control.
- Traditionalists see crime and poverty as largely the result of a breakdown in social discipline or self control.
- Fasting is all about self control and discipline.
- 1.2Activity that provides mental or physical training: the tariqa offered spiritual discipline [count noun]: Kung fu is a discipline open to old and youngMore example sentences
- Shinto reinforced already strongly-established national notions of spiritual discipline and physical fitness.
- Yoga as a means to mental and physical discipline and well being is also taught.
- The government has also arrested thousands of practitioners of a spiritual discipline that primarily involves physical exercise and meditation.
- 1.3 [count noun] A system of rules of conduct: he doesn’t have to submit to normal disciplinesMore example sentences
- It will be negotiated in conformity with the rules and disciplines of the World Trade Organisation.
- It blurs the division between foreign and domestic policy, increases competitive pressures in markets, and makes globally-based trade rules and disciplines even more important.
- Nevertheless, morality is intelligible only as a social discipline based on general rules impartially applied.
- 2A branch of knowledge, typically one studied in higher education: sociology is a fairly new disciplineMore example sentences
- Medicine and law were the first disciplines to professionalize their knowledge.
- Not for nothing are the branches of science called disciplines.
- This environment fostered new regional journals and a growing range of specialist journals catering to the interests of historians working in the branches of the discipline.
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- 1Train (someone) to obey rules or a code of behaviour, using punishment to correct disobedience: many parents have been afraid to discipline their childrenMore example sentences
- Spanking is not just a right parents have when dealing with their children; nor is it just a necessary tool for training and disciplining children.
- Equally, while a parent cannot be made to love his child, he can be limited by the law in how far he can use physical punishment to discipline his child.
- One thing disciplining a child has taught me is that you need to keep iron control over your temper and watch what you do - because your child is watching and taking cues from your behavior.
- 1.1Punish or rebuke formally for an offence: a member of staff was to be disciplined by managementMore example sentences
punish, penalize, take disciplinary action against, bring to book; reprimand, rebuke, reprove, chastise, castigate, upbraid, remonstrate with• informal dress down, give someone a dressing-down, rap over the knuckles, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, put on the matBritish • informal carpet, put on the carpet• archaic chasten
- The deputies were later disciplined for offences that included not stopping the beating and not writing up a report about it.
- I'm not saying that the analysts don't deserve to be disciplined or punished.
- To help enforce these new restrictions, the programme-makers have also introduced a formal disciplining mechanism.
- 1.2 (discipline oneself to do something) Train oneself to do something in a controlled and habitual way: every month discipline yourself to go through the fileMore example sentences
- Thirdly, we have to discipline ourselves to begin to train.
- Developing a financial plan means taking control of what you have now and disciplining yourself to manage your money to reach those goals you have set for yourself and your family.
- As a jockey I disciplined myself to put money aside to pay my tax bills, which were for tens of thousands of pounds.
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- But perhaps you may determine the offence properly disciplinable, and not demanding forbearance.
- A lawyer should not be placed in the position where compliance under one rule constitutes disciplinable misconduct under another rule.
- For this reason, it is advisable to fire with cause whenever possible, and to document poor performance or disciplinable offences as they occur.
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- As already stated, however, disciplinal perspective is not the only sort of perspective possible or needed.
- Research activities are deemed reflective of the level of disciplinal specialization attained by the individual and the entire academic faculty.
- This is pointless; you irritate other users and risk disciplinal measures.
Pronunciation: /ˌdɪsɪˈplʌɪn(ə)l, ˈdɪsɪˌplɪn(ə)l/adjective
Middle English (in the sense 'mortification by scourging oneself'): via Old French from Latin disciplina 'instruction, knowledge', from discipulus (see disciple).