- 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 child being disciplined.
discipline definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English ; from Old French descepline ; from Classical Latin disciplina ; from discipulus: see disciple
discipline definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement.
- Controlled behavior resulting from disciplinary training; self-control.
- a. Control obtained by enforcing compliance or order.b. A systematic method to obtain obedience: a military 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.
- A set of rules or methods, as those regulating the practice of a church or monastic order.
- A branch of knowledge or teaching.
- To train by instruction and practice, especially to teach self-control to.
- To teach to obey rules or accept authority. 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: Middle English, from Old French descepline, from Latin disciplīna, from discipulus, pupil; see Disciple .
- disˈci·pli·nal adjective
- disˈci·plinˌer noun