discipline

4 ENTRIES FOUND:

1dis·ci·pline

noun \ˈdi-sə-plən\

: control that is gained by requiring that rules or orders be obeyed and punishing bad behavior

: a way of behaving that shows a willingness to obey rules or orders

: behavior that is judged by how well it follows a set of rules or orders

Full Definition of DISCIPLINE

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obsolete :  instruction
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:  a field of study
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:  training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character
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a :  control gained by enforcing obedience or order
b :  orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior
c :  self-control
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:  a rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity
dis·ci·plin·al \-plə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of DISCIPLINE

  1. The teacher has a hard time maintaining discipline in the classroom.
  2. The troops were praised for their dedication and discipline.
  3. Some parents feel that the school's principal has been too harsh in meting out discipline.
  4. Keeping a journal is a good discipline for a writer.
  5. Sir Robert Peel is credited with creating the first modern police force, the bobbies, in London, in 1829, but the transformation of law enforcement, and especially forensic science, into a professional discipline was a haphazard affair. —Jeffrey Toobin, New Yorker, 7 May 2007

Origin of DISCIPLINE

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin disciplina teaching, learning, from discipulus pupil
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

2dis·ci·pline

transitive verb \ˈdi-sə-plən\

: to punish (someone) as a way of making sure that rules or orders are obeyed

: to train (yourself) to do something by controlling your behavior

dis·ci·plineddis·ci·plin·ing

Full Definition of DISCIPLINE

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:  to punish or penalize for the sake of enforcing obedience and perfecting moral character
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:  to train or develop by instruction and exercise especially in self-control
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a :  to bring (a group) under control <discipline troops>
b :  to impose order upon <serious writers discipline and refine their writing styles>
dis·ci·plin·er noun

Examples of DISCIPLINE

  1. She was disciplined for misbehaving in class.
  2. He seems unwilling or unable to discipline his children.
  3. I'm trying to discipline myself to eat less.
  4. The Army disciplined seven men for the incident, penalties ranging from pay-cuts and loss of rank to dismissal from the Rangers and return to the rank-and-file Army. —Gary Smith, Sports Illustrated, 11 Sept. 2006

Origin of DISCIPLINE

(see 1discipline)
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

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