1. The treatment suited to a disciple or learner; education; development of the faculties by instruction and exercise; training, whether physical, mental, or moral. Wife and children are a kind of discipline of humanity. (Bacon) Discipline aims at the removal of bad habits and the substitution of good ones, especially those of order, regularity, and obedience. (c. J. Smith)
2. Training to act in accordance with established rules; accustoming to systematic and regular action; drill. Their wildness lose, and, quitting natures part, Obey the rules and discipline of art. (Dryden)
3. Subjection to rule; submissiveness to order and control; habit of obedience. The most perfect, who have their passions in the best discipline, are yet obliged to be constantly on their guard. (Rogers)
Origin: f. Discipline, L. Disciplina, from discipulus. See Disciple.