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Definitions of Discipline

  1. (noun) A branch of instruction, knowledge, learning, or teaching.
  2. (noun) Punishment meant to correct behavior.

Discipline Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈdɪsəplən/
    • British English
      • /ˈdɪsᵻplᵻn/
  • Syllabification: (dis·ci·pline)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: disciplines
  • The distinction between “discipline” and “field” or “field of study” is not always clear and the terms are often used interchangeably. This dictionary uses discipline to describe large areas of knowledge such as anthropology, sociology, or psychology and “field” to describe a particular area of interest within a discipline.

Additional Information

Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Discipline

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “discipline.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/discipline/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

discipline. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/discipline/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “discipline.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/discipline/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“discipline.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 21 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/discipline/>.