discipline[dis′ə plin′, -plən]
A child being disciplined.
- Discipline is defined as a field of study or is training to fix incorrect behavior or create better skills.
- An example of discipline is American literature.
- An example of discipline is a time out for a child who has just pushed his sibling.
- The definition of discipline is to punish someone for their behavior.
An example of discipline is to give detention to a student who keeps talking during lectures.
- a branch of knowledge or learning
- training that develops self-control, character, or orderliness and efficiency
- strict control to enforce obedience
- the result of such training or control; specif.,
- self-control or orderly conduct
- acceptance of or submission to authority and control
- a system of rules, as for a church or monastic order
- treatment that corrects or punishes
Origin of disciplineMiddle English ; from Old French descepline ; from Classical Latin disciplina ; from discipulus: see disciple
- Training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement: was raised in the strictest discipline.
- a. Control obtained by enforcing compliance or order: military discipline.b. Controlled behavior resulting from disciplinary training; self-control: Dieting takes a lot of discipline.c. A state of order based on submission to rules and authority: a teacher who demanded discipline in the classroom.
- Punishment intended to correct or train: subjected to harsh discipline.
- A set of rules or methods, as those regulating the practice of a church or monastic order.
- A branch of knowledge or teaching: the discipline of mathematics.
transitive verbdis·ci·plined, dis·ci·plin·ing, dis·ci·plines
- To train by instruction and practice, as in following rules or developing self-control: The sergeant disciplined the recruits to become soldiers. See Synonyms at teach.
- To punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience. See Synonyms at punish.
- To impose order on: needed to discipline their study habits.
Origin of disciplineMiddle English, from Old French descepline, from Latin disciplīna, from discipulus, pupil; see Disciple .
- A controlled behaviour; self-control.
- An enforced compliance or control.
- A systematic method of obtaining obedience.
- A state of order based on submission to authority.
- A punishment to train or maintain control.
- A set of rules regulating behaviour.
- A flagellation as a means of obtaining sexual gratification.
- A specific branch of knowledge or learning.
- A category in which a certain art, sport or other activity belongs.
(third-person singular simple present disciplines, present participle disciplining, simple past and past participle disciplined)
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French descipline, from Latin disciplina (“instruction”) and discipulus (“pupil”), from discere (“to learn”), from Proto-Indo-European *dek- (“(cause to) accept”).