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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Other Words from disciplinary

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

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Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, facing a possible disciplinary hearing before the Washington State Bar Association, has accepted something resembling a plea bargain. Sean Robinson, The Seattle Times, "Pierce County’s outgoing prosecutor, Mark Lindquist, admonished by state bar over conduct," 30 Nov. 2018 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doesn't comment on disciplinary hearings to respect people's privacy. Brady Mccombs, Fox News, "Mormon fighting to end youth interviews ousted from faith," 16 Sep. 2018 Brown will need to go through a disciplinary hearing before a final punishment is determined. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "An 11-year-old girl was suspected of shoplifting groceries. So a police officer tased her.," 6 Sep. 2018 Prior to the indictment, she was fired from her job with the water department following a disciplinary hearing. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Former Clermont water resources employee sentenced for theft," 9 July 2018 Cal Fire's union last month sent an appeal to its 6,000 members asking them to donate hours of personal leave to their labor officers because their representatives are spending so much time in disciplinary hearings. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "Pay cuts for misbehavior and dozens of dismissals: Is Cal Fire's crackdown going too far? | The Sacramento Bee," 24 May 2018 Without a quorum, the commission can’t perform its usual functions, like overseeing police disciplinary hearings. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF supervisors nominate two attorneys to serve on city’s Police Commission," 24 May 2018 The disciplinary hearing was held in November before a three-member panel. Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "Platte County prosecutor weighs appeal after reprimand in girl's sex abuse case | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 Confinement there generally follows a disciplinary hearing, the jail handbook said. Jane Wester And Ames Alexander, charlotteobserver, "Five days after going to Charlotte's jail, he was dead. Police are investigating. | Charlotte Observer," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of disciplinary

1598, 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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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 How to pronounce disciplinary (audio) \

Kids Definition of disciplinary

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

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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