Definitions

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  • noun A field of specialized study within a broader discipline; a subfield.

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  • noun A field of study or work that is related to one aspect, but not the whole, of a broader field of study or work.

Etymologies

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sub- + discipline

Examples

  • Maybe your subdiscipline is different, but many methods aren't published anywhere in a form that's worth a jar of warm spit.

    Standing Alone in My Methods

  • The professors I met in my subdiscipline were awesome.

    Godwin’s law: NEW RECORD « Love | Peace | Ohana

  • The system also hamstrings younger untenured professors, making them fearful of taking intellectual risks and causing them to write in jargon aimed only at those in their narrow subdiscipline: Thus in economics, people have "utility functions" instead of needs and wants.

    Tenure trouble?

  • Starting with the simply weird, consider the notion that: "The system also hamstrings younger untenured professors, making them fearful of taking intellectual risks and causing them to write in jargon aimed only at those in their narrow subdiscipline: Thus in economics, people have" utility functions "instead of needs and wants."

    Tenure trouble?

  • Does Francis really think that only people in a narrow subdiscipline can understand the concept of a utility function?

    Tenure trouble?

  • Nowadays the application of chemistry to solve biological problems is a very fashionable subdiscipline dubbed "chemical biology", but in 1980 the only venue for such interdisciplinary efforts was in the pharmaceutical industry.

    Roger Y. Tsien - Autobiography

  • I also accidentally took a look at the subdiscipline statistics, which always depress me.

    Jobs « Gerry Canavan

  • However, a subdiscipline of analytic philosophy known as philosophy of language of which Jerry Fodor is a leading exponent continued to regard evolution as somehow either irrelevant or too messy to contribute to philosophy, leading to some rather absurd claims by a few, like your Oslo professor.

    You and me baby ain't nothing but mammals - The Panda's Thumb

  • However, a subdiscipline of analytic philosophy known as philosophy of language of which Jerry Fodor is a leading exponent continued to regard evolution as somehow either irrelevant or too messy to contribute to philosophy, leading to some rather absurd claims by a few, like your Oslo professor.

    You and me baby ain't nothing but mammals - The Panda's Thumb

  • There is a mathematical underpinning that you must first acquire, mastery of each mathematical subdiscipline leading you to the threshold of the next.

    On Quantum Theory And Parapsychology

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