Meaning of “disciplinary” in the English Dictionary

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"disciplinary" in British English

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uk /ˌdɪs.əˈplɪn.ər.i/ us /ˈdɪs.ə.plɪ.ner.i/

relating to discipline:

disciplinary measures/action (= punishment)

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  • The soldier received a dishonourable discharge for a disciplinary offence.
  • A disciplinary hearing will examine charges of serious professional misconduct against three surgeons.
  • Allegations of sexual harassment have led to disciplinary proceedings being taken against three naval officers.
  • Several players face disciplinary action after a fight broke out during a football match.
  • Two doctors are under investigation for selling drugs over the internet and could face a disciplinary hearing.

(Definition of “disciplinary” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"disciplinary" in American English

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disciplinaryadjective [ not gradable ]


connected with the punishment of people who break the rules:

Some disciplinary action was obviously called for.

(Definition of “disciplinary” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"disciplinary" in Business English

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uk /ˌdɪsəˈplɪnəri/ us /ˈdɪsəplɪneri/ HR

relating to the methods used by companies for dealing with employees who break company rules or do not do their job properly:

Disciplinary measures could damage her career.
the disciplinary board/committee/counsel
disciplinary investigations/meetings
a disciplinary memo/notice/letter

(Definition of “disciplinary” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)