dis·​ci·​plin·​ary ˈdi-sə-plə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce disciplinary (audio)
 especially British  ˌdi-sə-ˈpli-nə-rē
: of or relating to discipline
disciplinary problems
: designed to correct or punish breaches of discipline
took disciplinary action
: of or relating to a particular field of study
disciplinary specialization
disciplinarily adverb
disciplinarity 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 This is the first disciplinary action against the Florida license Stalls has held since June 2019. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 19 May 2024 Columbia University did not respond to a specific request asking for clarity on the number of students in disciplinary proceedings. Sanya Mansoor, TIME, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for disciplinary 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of disciplinary was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Disciplinary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disciplinary. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


dis·​ci·​plin·​ary ˈdis-ə-plə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce disciplinary (audio)
: of or relating to discipline : corrective
take disciplinary action

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