in·​dis·​ci·​pline (ˌ)in-ˈdi-sə-plən How to pronounce indiscipline (audio)
: lack of discipline
indisciplined adjective

Examples of indiscipline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And for years, some in the White House had viewed Mr. Giuliani’s indiscipline and unpredictability — his web of foreign business affairs, his mysterious travel companions and, often enough, his drinking — as a significant liability. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, 4 Oct. 2023 The text is peppered with the sort of ephemeral outrages that have been the sound and fury of the last four years: Trump belittles his staff, seems obsessed with the looks of the women and men, tweets his way through indiscipline. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, 25 June 2020 The wage-price spiral that ensued throughout the 1970s, sending inflation even higher, did not reflect the labor movement’s indiscipline and irresponsibility, as conservative critics at the time pretended, but its strength. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, 31 Oct. 2022 After a decade or so, Auden felt that the possibilities of his Ischian interlude had been exhausted, that some danger hovered, some chance of descending into rote behavior or indiscipline. Alan Jacobs, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Beckham’s positional indiscipline fundamentally undermined England’s balance. New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 This new Biden lacks the old Biden's goofy exuberance, cartoonish loquaciousness and all-around indiscipline. Frank Bruni New York Times, Star Tribune, 21 Mar. 2021 The spike in cases has been blamed on indiscipline from people with travel history abroad who evaded quarantine, Erick Tandi with the Public Health Emergency Operations Center in Yaounde said. Daniel Ekonde, CNN, 7 Apr. 2020 Through whatever combination of intention, ignorance or mental indiscipline, Trump is a habitual stater of untruths and half-truths, and this vague fog of fancy and fact — hyperbolic, sloppy, hypnotically repetitious — keeps his rhetoric slippery. Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1783, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of indiscipline was in 1783

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“Indiscipline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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