Definition of disciplined 

: marked by or possessing discipline a disciplined mind

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Wilton is especially adept at developing hitting skills and work ethic, and Junior’s approach is decidedly more disciplined than that of his notoriously free-swinging dad. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 19, stays calm as fans beg for call-up: 'God knows the right time'," 25 May 2018 But moving from an unruly economic policy to something more disciplined is a big turnaround. The Economist, "How to play Argentina," 14 June 2018 Once unable to compete with the financial heavyweights of the Mexican professional soccer league, Pachuca, 90 minutes northeast of Mexico City, became an ascendant team that has taken a disciplined approach to youth development. James Wagner, New York Times, "A Nightmare for Mexico’s Soccer Opponents: More Chuckys On the Way," 27 June 2018 The party that produced Britain’s first Jewish and female prime ministers puts the disciplined exercise of power above mere dogma. The Economist, "The Conservative Party has trashed the basic principles of conservatism," 12 July 2018 Where the Cavs often failed to execute the simplest of schemes, San Antonio is the most disciplined team in the league on both ends of the floor. Ben Ladner, SI.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers Offseason Preview: Will LeBron James Stay or Go?," 10 June 2018 Ford is solidly built and walks with an upright posture that hints at his disciplined work ethic and academic background. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "In Bayview, a police effort to build trust as captain reaches out to black community," 15 June 2018 That is, a disciplined, cold-blooded tactician whose only goal is to beat the other party. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Clout City / Politics / News Could Dems survive without Michael Madigan at the top?," 11 June 2018 The belligerent groups were relatively disciplined and hierarchical. The Economist, "When the shooting stopsHow to stop countries sliding back into civil war," 18 Jan. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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to teach someone the beliefs of a group

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