What does discipline mean?

Definitions for discipline
ˈdɪs ə plɪndis·ci·pline

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discipline, subject, subject area, subject field, field, field of study, study, bailiwick(noun)

    a branch of knowledge

    "in what discipline is his doctorate?"; "teachers should be well trained in their subject"; "anthropology is the study of human beings"

  2. discipline(noun)

    a system of rules of conduct or method of practice

    "he quickly learned the discipline of prison routine"; "for such a plan to work requires discipline";

  3. discipline(noun)

    the trait of being well behaved

    "he insisted on discipline among the troops"

  4. discipline(noun)

    training to improve strength or self-control

  5. discipline, correction(verb)

    the act of punishing

    "the offenders deserved the harsh discipline they received"

  6. discipline, train, check, condition(verb)

    develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control

    "Parents must discipline their children"; "Is this dog trained?"

  7. discipline, correct, sort out(verb)

    punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience

    "The teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently"


  1. discipline(Noun)

    A controlled behaviour; self-control

  2. discipline(Noun)

    An enforced compliance or control

  3. discipline(Noun)

    A systematic method of obtaining obedience

  4. discipline(Noun)

    A state of order based on submission to authority

  5. discipline(Noun)

    A punishment to train or maintain control

  6. discipline(Noun)

    A set of rules regulating behaviour

  7. discipline(Noun)

    A flagellation as a means of obtaining sexual gratification

  8. discipline(Noun)

    A specific branch of knowledge or learning

  9. discipline(Noun)

    A category in which a certain art, sport or other activity belongs, or a sub-category of said activity.

  10. discipline(Verb)

    To train someone by instruction and practice.

  11. discipline(Verb)

    To teach someone to obey authority.

  12. discipline(Verb)

    To punish someone in order to (re)gain control.

  13. discipline(Verb)

    To impose order on someone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discipline(noun)

    the treatment suited to a disciple or learner; education; development of the faculties by instruction and exercise; training, whether physical, mental, or moral

  2. Discipline(noun)

    training to act in accordance with established rules; accustoming to systematic and regular action; drill

  3. Discipline(noun)

    subjection to rule; submissiveness to order and control; habit of obedience

  4. Discipline(noun)

    severe training, corrective of faults; instruction by means of misfortune, suffering, punishment, etc

  5. Discipline(noun)

    correction; chastisement; punishment inflicted by way of correction and training

  6. Discipline(noun)

    the subject matter of instruction; a branch of knowledge

  7. Discipline(noun)

    the enforcement of methods of correction against one guilty of ecclesiastical offenses; reformatory or penal action toward a church member

  8. Discipline(noun)

    self-inflicted and voluntary corporal punishment, as penance, or otherwise; specifically, a penitential scourge

  9. Discipline(noun)

    a system of essential rules and duties; as, the Romish or Anglican discipline

  10. Discipline(verb)

    to educate; to develop by instruction and exercise; to train

  11. Discipline(verb)

    to accustom to regular and systematic action; to bring under control so as to act systematically; to train to act together under orders; to teach subordination to; to form a habit of obedience in; to drill

  12. Discipline(verb)

    to improve by corrective and penal methods; to chastise; to correct

  13. Discipline(verb)

    to inflict ecclesiastical censures and penalties upon


  1. Discipline

    Discipline is an album by the band King Crimson, released in 1981. This album was King Crimson's first album following a seven-year hiatus. Only founder Robert Fripp and later addition Bill Bruford remained from previous incarnations. The rest of the band was Adrian Belew and Tony Levin. The album resulted in a more updated 1980s new wave proto-techno sound mixed with the previous dark and heavy sounds of the 1970s.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Discipline

    dis′i-plin, n. instruction: training, or mode of life in accordance with rules: subjection to control: order: severe training: mortification: punishment: an instrument of penance or punishment.—v.t. to subject to discipline: to train: to educate: to bring under control: to chastise.—adjs. Dis′ciplinable; Dis′ciplinal.—ns. Dis′ciplinant, one who subjects himself to a certain discipline, esp. one of an order of Spanish flagellants; Disciplinā′rian, one who enforces strict discipline; Disciplinā′rium, a scourge for penitential flogging.—adj. Dis′ciplinary, of the nature of discipline—n. Dis′cipliner, one who disciplines.—First, and Second, Book of Discipline, two documents (1560 and 1578) embodying the constitution and order of procedure of the Church of Scotland from the period of the Reformation. [L. disciplina, from discipulus.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. discipline

    In military and naval affairs, is a general name for the rules and regulations prescribed and enforced for the proper conduct and subordination of the soldiers, etc. This is the technical meaning. In a higher sense discipline is the habit of obedience. The soldier acquires the habit of subordinating his own will, pleasure, and inclinations to those of his superior. When the habit has become so strong that it is second nature, the soldier is disciplined.

Editors Contribution

  1. discipline

    A form of self-control.

    Discipline is important to every human being.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 22, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'discipline' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1839

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'discipline' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4536

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'discipline' in Nouns Frequency: #716

How to pronounce discipline?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of discipline in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of discipline in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of discipline in a Sentence

  1. Peter Smith:

    Work is not supposed to lead to injury, measures must be put in place to ensure that employers do not fire or discipline workers because they have had a work-related injury.

  2. Rachel Carson:

    The discipline of the writer is to learn to be still and listen to what his subject has to tell him.

  3. Sipho P Nkosi:

    Discipline turns most of our dreams into reality.

  4. Thomas Jefferson:

    That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.

  5. Ehsan Sehgal:

    The un-understandable notion appears as an awkward definition when that turns and separates from Human Rights, becoming as Women's Rights create a distinction and division between itself. As a fact, the right rights already exist as religion and society values accurately, which need only the discipline to apply accordingly.

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  • نظام, تهذيب, فرع (من فروع المعرفة), الأنضباطArabic
  • тәртип, фәнBashkir
  • дисциплина, наказание, дисциплинирам, възпитавамBulgarian
  • disciplína, obor, kázeňCzech
  • disziplinieren, Disziplin, Strafe, BestrafungGerman
  • disĉiploEsperanto
  • ramo, disciplina, castigoSpanish
  • رشته, انPersian
  • piiskaus, kuritus, oppiaine, järjestyssäännöt, kuri, itsekuri, kurinpitoFinnish
  • discipline, branche, pénalitéFrench
  • disciplín, araíonacht, smachtIrish
  • משמעתHebrew
  • अनुHindi
  • գիտակարգArmenian
  • 規律Japanese
  • disciplinamLatin
  • akoranga, whakaraupapaMāori
  • discipline, tuchtiging, ([[zelf]])[[beheersing]], disciplineren, branche, tuchtstraf, tuchtigen, temmen, drillen, takDutch
  • disciplina, modalidadePortuguese
  • disciplinăRomanian
  • наказывать, тренировать, подвергать взысканию, упражнять, дисциплина, предмет, наказание, дисциплинировать, дисциплинированностьRussian
  • disciplinSwedish
  • bilim dalı, disiplin, cezaTurkish
  • kỷ luậtVietnamese
  • 學科Chinese

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