Definition of disciplinary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdɪsəplɪnəri//
    , BrE//ˌdɪsəˈplɪnəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪsəpləneri//
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  1. 1connected with the punishment of people who break rules a disciplinary hearing (= to decide if somebody has done something wrong) The company will be taking disciplinary action against him. She will have to explain her actions before the disciplinary committee.
  2. 2(formal) connected with an area of knowledge, especially a subject that people study in a university Students need to broaden and deepen their disciplinary knowledge. see also interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent. (originally with reference to ecclesiastical order): from medieval Latin disciplinarius, from Latin disciplina, from discipulus ‘learner’, from discere ‘learn’.
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