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

Other Words from disciplinary

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 Despite her statements, the State Medical Board of Ohio has not taken any disciplinary action against her. Duaa Eldeib, ProPublica, 4 Aug. 2022 The Medical Board of California and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California would still be allowed to take disciplinary action against licensed medical professionals. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Srygley did not reveal the nature of the disciplinary action or the name of the office involved. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, 2 Aug. 2022 Title IX investigations look at policy violations — not criminal acts — and could result in disciplinary action including expulsion. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Aug. 2022 In March, McFarland blocked high-ranking Air Force officials from taking disciplinary action against those service members, who are seeking religious exemptions to the military's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 29 July 2022 Those emails do not appear to have resulted in any disciplinary action. Erika Fry, Fortune, 29 July 2022 Under the terms of the settlement, documents relating to the disciplinary action were withdrawn from his personnel file. Alexis Timko, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 Smith said this was a typical disciplinary action that has worked in the past. Remington Miller, Arkansas Online, 20 July 2022 See More

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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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“Disciplinary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disciplinary. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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

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

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