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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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 The officer overseeing all disciplinary matters regarding both the Fitzgerald and McCain collisions tossed out the more serious charge of negligent homicide. Jasmine Khayami And Elizabeth Strassner, USA TODAY, "Collisions reveal a Navy tragically undone by its can-do spirit," 25 June 2018 Among the records being sought are an inspector general manual that lays out the guidelines governing the office and FBI policy guides on how disciplinary matters should be handled. Eric Tucker, chicagotribune.com, "Lawsuit says DOJ not providing documents to ex-FBI official Andrew McCabe," 13 June 2018 Among the records being sought are an inspector general manual that lays out the guidelines governing the office and FBI policy guides on how disciplinary matters should be handled. Fox News, "Lawsuit: Justice Dept. failed to give McCabe info on firing," 12 June 2018 It could be deemed improper, for example, for Elias to make decisions about a police disciplinary matter involving an officer her husband was suing. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Lawyer Burris says conflicts for SF Police Commission nominee can be avoided," 4 June 2018 But other students, parents and teachers also told Mr. Runcie and school board members that, in practice, the program also appeared to encourage schools to take a more lax approach toward all disciplinary matters, both minor and serious. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "Parkland Parents Run for School Board, Saying District Let Gunman ‘Slip Through the Cracks’," 15 May 2018 Some of the sailors in their interviews, however, indicated Booker had been angry with his commanding officer and entire chain of command aboard the Pinckney due to a previous disciplinary matter, according to the complaint. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Sailor charged with possessing explosives stolen from San Diego Navy ship," 24 Apr. 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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