in·​dis·​ci·​pline | \ (ˌ)in-ˈdi-sə-plən How to pronounce indiscipline (audio) \

Definition of indiscipline

: lack of discipline

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indisciplined \ (ˌ)in-​ˈdi-​sə-​plənd How to pronounce indisciplined (audio) , -​(ˌ)plind \ adjective

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But Biden, for all his strengths, has some real and obvious vulnerabilities as a candidate, from his age to his indiscipline as a public speaker to his recently apologized-for habit of getting uncomfortably close to people. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Joe Biden Bets on Being the Anti-Trump Candidate," 12 June 2019 Many global firms succumbed to indiscipline and poured money into vanity projects abroad. The Economist, "Canaries in the coal mine," 14 June 2018 As for the Vision Fund’s broader impact on startups, the most controversial question is whether stuffing balance-sheets with too much capital encourages indiscipline. The Economist, "The impact of Masayoshi Son’s $100bn tech fund will be profound," 10 May 2018 Congress’ indiscipline is hurting the American people and career politicians have forgotten how to govern. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "14 Idaho candidates on Trump, how they voted & his job performance today | Idaho Statesman," 24 Apr. 2018 But the about-face on Syria was about more than the indiscipline of a reliably inconstant presidency. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Can the U.S. Deter War Crimes Without Going to War with Syria?," 12 Apr. 2018 For example, a propensity to spend hours playing online games becomes an index of indiscipline in and of itself, even if the person playing them is debt-free and has a clean record otherwise. Adam Greenfield, The Atlantic, "China's Dystopian Tech Could Be Contagious," 14 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, almost every news organization has reported about the private rages, the lack of focus, the indiscipline and the isolation that also define the style of the 45th president. Dan Balz, Washington Post, "Trump’s extraordinary tweetstorms mark an unsettling start to 2018," 6 Jan. 2018 Trump’s indiscipline and instability are the biggest barriers to securing Republicans’ agenda in Washington today. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Enforcement, without Apology," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of indiscipline

1783, in the meaning defined above

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