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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)

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.

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."