Definition of discipline noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdɪsəplɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪsəplɪn//
    Types of punishment, Pay and conditions at work, Study routes, School life
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the practice of training people to obey rules and orders and punishing them if they do not; the controlled behaviour or situation that results from this training The school has a reputation for high standards of discipline. Strict discipline is imposed on army recruits. She keeps good discipline in class. Lack of discipline at home meant that many pupils found it difficult to settle in to the ordered environment of the school. See related entries: Types of punishment, Pay and conditions at work, School life
  2. 2[countable] a method of training your mind or body or of controlling your behaviour; an area of activity where this is necessary Yoga is a good discipline for learning to relax.
  3. 3[uncountable] the ability to control your behaviour or the way you live, work, etc. He'll never get anywhere working for himself—he's got no discipline. Her determination and discipline were admirable. see also self-discipline
  4. 4[countable] (formal) an area of knowledge; a subject that people study or are taught, especially in a university The new recruits were drawn from a range of academic disciplines. See related entries: Study routes
  5. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘mortification by punishing oneself’): via Old French from Latin disciplina ‘instruction, knowledge’, from discipulus ‘learner’, from discere ‘learn’.Extra examples He quickly brought order and discipline to the regiment. He’ll never get anywhere working for himself—he has no discipline. It is good discipline to learn to delegate. It takes great discipline to learn a musical instrument. It’s unfair to dismiss somebody for a single breach of discipline. Modern schools lack discipline. She believes children need discipline. Students are to be tested on the three core disciplines: mathematics, English and science. Students have to learn discipline. The chancellor has stabilized the economy through strict fiscal discipline. The new headmaster tightened discipline in the school. The school was criticized for having very poor discipline. The teacher was unable to maintain discipline. The university offers a wide range of disciplines. There is a lack of communication across disciplines. They established psychology as an academic discipline. They submitted to the discipline imposed by their leaders. We need better discipline in our schools. We need someone who is good at instilling discipline. When did sociology emerge as a distinct discipline? Within a discipline there may be more than one school of thought. a breakdown of discipline in the classroom academics from diverse academic disciplines experts in multiple disciplines social work and its related disciplines something to help you bring discipline to your decision-making process strict military discipline the discipline that the party exercises over its members Applications are welcome from candidates with a degree in a mathematics or other relevant discipline. Scholars from various disciplines have been working on these problems.
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