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Definition of discipline noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 behavior 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 students found it difficult to settle in to the ordered environment of the school.
  2. 2[countable] a method of training your mind or body or of controlling your behavior; 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 behavior 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] an area of knowledge; a subject that people study or are taught, especially in a university The candidates were drawn from a range of academic disciplines.
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