Definition of "discipline" []

  • Training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement. (noun)
  • Controlled behavior resulting from disciplinary training; self-control. (noun)
  • Control obtained by enforcing compliance or order. (noun)
  • A systematic method to obtain obedience: a military discipline. (noun)
  • A state of order based on submission to rules and authority: a teacher who demanded discipline in the classroom. (noun)
  • Training or conditions imposed for the improvement of physical powers, self-control, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Systematic training in obedience to regulations and authority (noun)
  • The state of improved behaviour, etc, resulting from such training or conditions (noun)
  • Punishment or chastisement (noun)
  • A system of rules for behaviour, methods of practice, etc (noun)
  • A branch of learning or instruction (noun)
  • The laws governing members of a Church (noun)
  • A scourge of knotted cords (noun)
  • To improve or attempt to improve the behaviour, orderliness, etc, of by training, conditions, or rules (verb)
  • To punish or correct (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "discipline" in a sentence
  • "Doctrine and discipline, in the oath, do comprehend all that to which the church required, and we promised, to perform obedience; therefore the whole policy of the church was meant by _discipline_, forasmuch as it was not comprehended under doctrine."
  • "Now, nonviolent discipline, uh, the reason I use the term discipline is to emphasize it's a strategic choice, not a moral one."
  • "The word discipline is from the same root as disciple and they both connote teaching."