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 indiscipline (audio) , -​(ˌ)plind \ adjective

Examples of indiscipline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This new Biden lacks the old Biden's goofy exuberance, cartoonish loquaciousness and all-around indiscipline. Frank Bruni New York Times, Star Tribune, "Where did Joe Biden go?," 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, "Teenager diagnosed with coronavirus gives birth to baby girl in Cameroon," 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, "Commentary: Forget Trump’s daily briefings. Watch these coronavirus messengers instead," 2 Apr. 2020 For example, a lack of sufficient information about the specific ‘use of proceeds’ in prospectuses during Eurobond Initial Public Offerings is magnifying the risk of fiscal indiscipline. Misheck Mutize, Quartz Africa, "African countries aren’t borrowing too much—they’re paying too much for debt," 22 Feb. 2020 What befuddled so many of his admirers is that the scandal revealed a streak of indiscipline that doesn’t mesh with the man who created a company so resolutely fixated on the long term, so committed to living its values. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019 Fiji’s attacking brilliance came with large doses of indiscipline. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wales reaches RWC quarterfinals after thrilling win vs Fiji," 9 Oct. 2019 But for all the enthusiasm on the ground, there were early signs of indiscipline, starting at the top. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Biden’s First Run for President Was a Calamity. Some Missteps Still Resonate.," 3 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of indiscipline

1783, in the meaning defined above

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“Indiscipline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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