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English noun: discipline

1. discipline (cognition) a branch of knowledge

SamplesIn what discipline is his doctorate?.
Teachers should be well trained in their subject.
Anthropology is the study of human beings.

Synonymsbailiwick, field, field of study, study, subject, subject area, subject field

Broader (hypernym)domain, knowledge base, knowledge domain

Narrower (hyponym)allometry, applied science, architecture, arts, bibliotics, communication theory, communications, divinity, engineering, engineering science, escapology, frontier, futuristics, futurology, genealogy, graphology, humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts, major, military science, numerology, occultism, ology, protology, science, scientific discipline, technology, theogony, theology

2. discipline (cognition) a system of rules of conduct or method of practice

SamplesHe quickly learned the discipline of prison routine.
For such a plan to work requires discipline.

Broader (hypernym)system, system of rules

3. discipline (attribute) the trait of being well behaved

SamplesHe insisted on discipline among the troops.

Broader (hypernym)trait

Narrower (hyponym)control, restraint, self-denial, self-discipline

Antonymsindiscipline, undiscipline

4. discipline (act) training to improve strength or self-control

Broader (hypernym)grooming, preparation, training

5. discipline (act) the act of punishing

SamplesThe offenders deserved the harsh discipline they received.


Broader (hypernym)penalisation, penalization, penalty, punishment

Narrower (hyponym)spanking

English verb: discipline

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

SamplesParents must discipline their children.
Is this dog trained?.

Synonymscheck, condition, train

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)develop, make grow

Narrower (hyponym)mortify

Verb groupgroom, prepare, train

2. discipline (social) punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience

SamplesThe teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently.

Synonymscorrect, sort out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)penalise, penalize, punish

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