Tough-love meaning

A disciplinary technique, as for a young person, in which a seemingly harsh or unfeeling course of action is chosen deliberately over one demonstrating the tenderness or forbearance instinctively felt.
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The use of strict disciplinary measures and limitations on freedoms or privileges, as by a parent or guardian, as a means of fostering responsibility and expressing care or concern.
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(idiomatic) The compassionate use of stringent disciplinary measures, to attempt to improve someone's behavior.
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Tough love is defined as being strict discipline or imposing specific obligations or requirements on a person to mandate responsibility because you care for that individual.

An example of tough love is when a parent punishes a child for getting bad grades or for not keeping his promises.

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The use of strict disciplinary measures and limitations on freedoms or privileges, as by a parent or guardian, as a means of fostering responsibility and expressing care or concern.
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