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 Dictionary entry overview: What does disciplinary mean? 

DISCIPLINARY (adjective)
  The adjective DISCIPLINARY has 3 senses:

1. relating to discipline in behavior
2. relating to a specific field of academic study
3. designed to promote discipline

  Familiarity information: DISCIPLINARY used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

DISCIPLINARY (adjective)

Sense 1disciplinary [BACK TO TOP]


Relating to discipline in behavior

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

disciplinary problems in the classroom


discipline (the trait of being well behaved)

Sense 2disciplinary [BACK TO TOP]


Relating to a specific field of academic study

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

economics in its modern disciplinary sense


discipline (a branch of knowledge)

Sense 3disciplinary [BACK TO TOP]


Designed to promote discipline


corrective; disciplinal; disciplinary

Context examples:

the teacher's action was corrective rather than instructional / disciplinal measures / the mother was stern and disciplinary


nonindulgent; strict (characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint)

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