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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School disciplinary numbers show that marijuana is a leading reason students are punished or handed over to the police. Jack Healy, New York Times, "Reefer Madness or Pot Paradise? The Surprising Legacy of the Place Where Legal Weed Began," 30 June 2019 School districts are required to report the use of restraints and seclusion as disciplinary tactics to the U.S. Department of Education — and in Texas, to the Texas Education Agency as well. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "Northside ISD says it restrained hundreds of students but software didn’t report it," 29 June 2019 The Fire and Police Commission executive director runs daily operations and is a key adviser for the commission, which is responsible for hiring and firing the Milwaukee police chief and addressing major disciplinary cases. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fire and Police Commission Executive Director La Keisha Butler leaves position Friday," 28 June 2019 Officer Robert Marsh received a one-day suspension for the Nov. 12, 2012, according to his disciplinary file released Thursday by the county in response to a public record’s request. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County Jail officer who punched woman strapped to chair used ‘unnecessary force’ on restrained inmate in previous incident," 27 June 2019 Born in Spain to Senegalese parents, Balde started his career at Barcelona's famed youth academy, before disciplinary issues lead to him being sent to satellite side UE Cornella. SI.com, "Arsenal Rumour Mill Continues With Latest Link Suggesting Keita Balde Is on Gunners Radar," 26 June 2019 The disciplinary tactics tend to disproportionately affect students with disabilities and boys. Dallas News, "Texas schools are underreporting when students are restrained, federal watchdog finds," 25 June 2019 The week before graduation, a nonviolent disciplinary issue got her son suspended, Panol said. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "Lakeview school reviewing point system that bars students from walking in 8th grade graduation," 20 June 2019 This week, the office issued a withering 69-page audit on disciplinary practices across the Department of Homeland Security, including CBP. A.c. Thompson, ProPublica, "Years Ago, the Border Patrol’s Discipline System Was Denounced as “Broken.” It’s Still Not Fixed.," 20 June 2019

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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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