dis·​ci·​plin·​ary | \ˈdi-sə-plə-ˌner-ē, 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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Other Words from disciplinary

disciplinarily \ˌdi-​sə-​plə-​ˈner-​ə-​lē \ adverb
disciplinarity \-​ˈnar-​ə-​tē \ 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

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Williams reportedly may miss a few games at the beginning of the season, however, due to undisclosed disciplinary reasons. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Best- and worst-case scenarios for Notre Dame football in 2018," 2 July 2018 Three attorneys practicing in the greater Houston area have been sanctioned by a disciplinary panel due to misconduct, according to a report Monday from the Texas Bar Association. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Three Houston-area lawyers suspended for misconduct," 30 Apr. 2018 In all, at least five officers on the list were found guilty by the police disciplinary panel of assaulting girlfriends or wives. Mark Fazlollah, Philly.com, "List of 'troubled' Philadelphia police filled with inconsistencies," 16 Mar. 2018 West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez will contest a charge of racially abusing Brighton defender Gaetan Bong, with the case now scheduled to be heard by a disciplinary panel at a date to be decided. SI.com, "West Brom Striker Jay Rodriguez to Contest FA's Gaetan Bong Racial Abuse Charge," 10 Mar. 2018 According to a statement from the Texas Medical Board, a disciplinary panel approved the temporary suspension against Dr. Robert E. Fadal II on March 1. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "License Suspended for Texas Doctor Accused of Murdering Young Couple in Front of Their Children," 5 Mar. 2018 Also Wednesday, an IOC disciplinary panel published more detailed verdicts to explain why three Russian bobsled gold medalists have been disqualified from the Sochi Games and banned from the Olympics for life. Bloomberg.com, "The Word 'Russia' to Appear on Olympic Uniforms," 20 Dec. 2017 The quotas for inmate disciplinary reports at the Brazoria lock-up came to light in mid-May after the Houston Chronicle obtained copies of an email from Capt. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "4 Texas prison officials indicted after alleged evidence-planting incident at Brazoria lock-up," 11 July 2018 Tuesday’s action avoided what was likely to be a heated conversation over the district’s handling of another disciplinary matter involving Medina. Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Stoneman Douglas coaches Medina, Taylor to lose jobs," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of disciplinary

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of disciplinary was in 1598

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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 \

Kids Definition of disciplinary

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

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