Disciplinary spanking means spanking for punishment, as opposed to non-punitive forms of spanking such as erotic spanking or fun spanking. A synonymous term is punishment spanking.
Whenever children are spanked, it is most commonly disciplinary spanking. Also, spanking of a penitent (one who confesses and asks to be punished, see religious corporal punishment) typically is disciplinary spanking.
The following are also disciplinary spanking, in case the buttocks are target of the chastisement:
In modern adult/adult spanking, there are more cases. Although much of today's adult spanking is erotic spanking, some adults practice consensual or nonconsensual spanking for punishment as well.
- In the case of consensual punishment, it is called domestic discipline and legal everywhere.
- In the case of nonconsensual punishment, this practice is illegal in some countries and called "wife battering" or domestic violence.