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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: descepline, from Latin disciplina 'teaching, learning', from discipulus; DISCIPLE

discipline

1 noun
     
dis‧ci‧pline1 S3 W2
1 [uncountable] a way of training someone so that they learn to control their behaviour and obey rules:
The book gives parents advice on discipline.
serious discipline problems in the police force
2 [uncountable] the ability to control your own behaviour, so that you do what you are expected to do:
Working from home requires a good deal of discipline.
self-discipline
3 [uncountable and countable] a way of training your mind or learning to control your behaviour:
Martial arts teach respect, discipline, and cooperation.
discipline for
Learning poetry is a good discipline for the memory.
4 [countable] an area of knowledge or teaching, especially one such as history, chemistry, mathematics etc that is studied at a university

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