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 \ -​ˈnar-​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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The attorneys also responded to Robart’s request for a broad description of what has changed in the disciplinary and appeal system since the consent decree went into effect. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Defending police reforms, Seattle tells federal judge that reinstatement of officer who punched woman is an ‘outlier’," 19 Dec. 2018 While 95 percent of disciplinary infractions at the school were connected to Juul last fall and spring, 50 percent were this fall. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Vaping gone viral: the astonishing surge in teens’ e-cigarette use," 18 Dec. 2018 School and government records obtained by The Associated Press and other media shortly after the shooting show Nikolas Cruz was diagnosed as developmentally delayed at age 3 and had disciplinary issues dating to middle school. NBC News, "Parkland shooting suspect's mother allowed him to purchase guns, investigating commission says," 10 July 2018 There were good reasons for tech platforms to set up disciplinary policies that strived to forgive their users. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How conspiracy sites keep outsmarting big tech companies," 28 July 2018 Daniel founded and runs the Exponential Medicine Conference, which is one of the largest cross-disciplinary gatherings of life science researchers and innovators. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Teaching AI to diagnose patient health risks," 24 July 2018 In the letter dated June 29, Brown denied Betof’s appeal of his disciplinary sanction. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "BU parted with its private school president over a misconduct allegation," 13 July 2018 The city’s police disciplinary agency, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, is also investigating, Ahern said. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, "Days after cleared in bar beating, Chicago cop Robert Rialmo involved in another fight," 13 July 2018 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

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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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