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
Recent Examples on the Web The Civilian Police Merit Board has ultimate say on the most severe disciplinary actions, such as whether to fire an officer. Ryan Martin, The Indianapolis Star, "There will be 2 investigations into IMPD shooting Dreasjon Reed. Here's how they'll work.," 17 May 2020 Koo is concerned that the archdiocese’s disciplinary action doesn’t bar Davalos from serving in parishes outside of San Antonio. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, "Helotes pastor placed on leave after sexual misconduct allegations arise," 7 May 2020 Guthrie said the sheriff’s office isn’t taking any disciplinary action against the deputy who was chasing the vehicle. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Texas man now identified as driver killed in crash during Marshall County police chase," 28 Apr. 2020 The disciplinary review process takes some time, and the internal scrutiny of Mr. Somma and his colleagues is ongoing. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Court Bans Agents Who Botched Carter Page Surveillance From Seeking Wiretaps," 4 Mar. 2020 Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said the detainees have been moved to single cells pending disciplinary action, COVID-19 testing and criminal charges. Time, "ICE Detainees Refuse Coronavirus Tests and Damage Detention Center in Massachusetts," 2 May 2020 Neither attorney is asking the state’s high court to take any disciplinary action against Kovack. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Medina County judge holding court hearings during coronavirus is putting people ‘at the end of a COVID-19 gun,’ attorney says," 11 Apr. 2020 Any player with active disciplinary action or a nickname deemed inappropriate will not be included. Michael Koczwara, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mobile Games Hotspot: 'Pokemon Go' Debuts Leaderboards; 'Fortnite' Maker Unveils New Title," 9 Apr. 2020 The Rand study found some decreases in student disciplinary problems at Community Schools. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "New York City Spends $200 Million a Year to Aid High-Poverty Schools, With Mixed Results," 28 Jan. 2020

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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 25 May. 2020.

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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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