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Dictionary definition for: Discipline

1. (n) 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. (v) train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control; "Parents must discipline their children" "Is this dog trained?"

3. (n) a system of rules of conduct or method of practice; "he quickly learned the discipline of prison routine" or "for such a plan to work requires discipline"

4. (v) punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience; "The teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently"

5. (n) the trait of being well behaved; "he insisted on discipline among the troops"

6. (n) training to improve strength or self-control

7. (n) the act of punishing; "the offenders deserved the harsh discipline they received"

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