dis·​ci·​plin·​ary | \ ˈdi-sə-plə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce disciplinary (audio) , especially British ˌdi-sə-ˈpli-nə-rē \

Definition of disciplinary

1a : of or relating to discipline disciplinary problems
b : designed to correct or punish breaches of discipline took disciplinary action
2 : of or relating to a particular field of study disciplinary specialization

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disciplinarily \ ˌdi-​sə-​plə-​ˈner-​ə-​lē How to pronounce disciplinary (audio) \ adverb
disciplinarity \ ˌdi-​sə-​plə-​ˈner-​ə-​tē How to pronounce disciplinary (audio) \ noun

Examples of disciplinary in a Sentence

The committee is considering disciplinary measures against him. called for disciplinary actions in response to the outrageous behavior
Recent Examples on the Web An officer who does not provide the information could be subject to administrative disciplinary charges. Washington Post, "After the death of George Floyd, lawmakers in Md., Va. and D.C. set out to hold police more accountable. Here are some key measures.," 6 May 2021 Elsewhere, a school board election in Southlake, Texas, drew an unusually large turnout on May 2, with voters defeating candidates who supported a district plan to make curriculum and disciplinary changes to promote racial and cultural tolerance. Chelsea Sheasley, The Christian Science Monitor, "The country is talking about race in schools. Minneapolis offers lessons.," 5 May 2021 Despite voting to fire Burg, police board President Ghian Foreman issued a statement to the Tribune echoing O’Malley’s sentiment about the yearslong delay to bring disciplinary charges against an officer. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s new deputy mayor for public safety has sided with police officers in some controversial cases, including in alleged Laquan McDonald cover-up," 5 May 2021 As the largest of the four universities with about 7,600 students, Morgan State plans to add 25 to 30 new degrees, some of which will be multi-disciplinary and potentially exclusive to the university, Wilson said. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, "How Maryland’s historically Black universities will use $577 million from state to close wealth gap, strengthen communities," 5 May 2021 The panel is responsible for making any disciplinary recommendations to the Florida Supreme Court, which has the final say over punishments that can range from a public reprimand to removal. Marc Freeman, sun-sentinel.com, "This judge is accused of not clocking in. She says working in the office is an ‘outdated’ concept.," 4 May 2021 The commanding officers of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Battalion Landing Team involved in the accident were both relieved of command and seven other Marines faced other administrative or disciplinary actions, the Marines said. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Marine Corps inspector general suspended amid probe into deadly AAV sinking last summer," 3 May 2021 An attorney can appeal the committee’s decision to the presiding disciplinary judge. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "The 'deeply flawed' protest case that won't go away: Prosecutor explains rationale for street gang charges," 3 May 2021 On one side, progressives argued that curriculum and disciplinary changes were needed to make all children feel safe and welcome in Carroll, a mostly white but quickly diversifying school district. NBC News, "In bitterly divided election in Southlake, Texas, opponents of anti-racism education win big," 2 May 2021

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First Known Use of disciplinary

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for disciplinary

borrowed from Medieval Latin disciplīnārius, from Latin disciplīna "teaching, discipline entry 1" + -ārius -ary entry 2

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9 May 2021

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“Disciplinary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disciplinary. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disciplinary

: intended to correct or punish bad behavior : of or relating to discipline


dis·​ci·​plin·​ary | \ ˈdi-sə-plə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce disciplinary (audio) \

Kids Definition of disciplinary

: relating to the correction or punishment of bad behavior disciplinary action

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