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definition of the word discipline

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From Middle English < Old English < Old French descipline and desciple < Latin disciplina (instruction) and discipulus (pupil) from discere (to learn) < Indo-European *dek- "(cause to) accept", other derivatives of which, and that preserve the Indo-European root and meaning, include doctor, document, doctrine and docent (all from Latin docere) as well as dogma, dignity and decorate.

Singular
discipline

Plural
disciplines

discipline (plural disciplines)

  1. controlled behaviour; self-control
  2. enforced compliance or control
  3. a systematic method of obtaining obedience
  4. a state of order based on submission to authority
  5. punishment to train or maintain control
  6. a set of rules regulating behaviour
  7. flagellation as a means of obtaining sexual gratification
  8. a specific branch of knowledge or learning
  9. a category in which a certain art, sport or other activity belongs, or a sub-category of said activity.


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