Definition of indiscipline in US English:



  • Lack of discipline.

    ‘public concern about indiscipline in schools’
    • ‘Owing to their record of indiscipline, 15 employees had to be suspended.’
    • ‘Now then, the million-dollar question is: What are the root causes of indiscipline in our schools and society?’
    • ‘Player indiscipline, boardroom squabbles and unrest in the stands all contributed to his eventual sacking last year.’
    • ‘The film illustrates how incompetence and indolence among senior ranks can fuel indiscipline, larceny and even murder hardly a tonic for the troops.’
    • ‘We've seen serious increases in levels of indiscipline, from low-level disruption and verbal abuse to physical assaults on teachers.’
    • ‘Any form of obscenity or indiscipline is least tolerated.’
    • ‘More than one-quarter of schools which responded to a question on indiscipline said it reached serious or very serious levels.’
    • ‘It has made the staff room a difficult place to carry the idealism and motivation which pupils need, and they in turn have responded with growing indiscipline.’
    • ‘Teachers are being taught new techniques to deal with classroom indiscipline, as school violence continues.’
    • ‘What is usually referred to as classic French indiscipline becomes something altogether more ugly and sinister when England are the opposition.’
    • ‘Yes of course, in the name of discipline a lot of indiscipline is being created.’
    • ‘Symptomatic, some would say, of the nebulous world of the continent's football, where administrative chaos and indiscipline are rife.’
    • ‘Going public to call for the resignation of a managing director can be described as indiscipline, especially by management.’
    • ‘They betray constitutional indiscipline and lack real constitutional courage.’
    • ‘The failure to address indiscipline by proper punishment is a victory for the do-gooders and defeat for children's education.’
    • ‘I believe that if all concerned played their different parts properly, indiscipline in all schools will stop.’
    • ‘That sounds like condonation of sloth, indiscipline, unethical behaviour, and disregard of responsibility.’
    • ‘This was followed by a period of indiscipline by both sides with penalties being awarded and successfully kicked over for three points.’
    • ‘I am disgusted and despairing, and I hate myself for my indiscipline, but I just can't make myself diet and exercise.’
    • ‘Perhaps if more decisions were left to teachers they would tackle the curse of classroom indiscipline, which is the greatest barrier to learning.’
    disobedience, unruliness, waywardness, bad behaviour, misbehaviour, misconduct, delinquency, troublemaking
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