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[dok-truh-nl; British also dok-trahyn-l] /ˈdɒk trə nl; British also dɒkˈtraɪn l/
of, relating to, or concerned with doctrine:
a doctrinal dispute.
Origin of doctrinal
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin doctrīnālis, equivalent to Latin doctrīn(a) (see doctrine) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
doctrinality, noun
doctrinally, adverb
nondoctrinal, adjective
nondoctrinally, adverb
undoctrinal, adjective
undoctrinally, adverb
Can be confused
doctrinal, doctrinaire. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for doctrinal
  • Failure was not part of their convictions as long as they followed their doctrinal beliefs.
  • Before he could accept doctrinal statements, his conscience must approve them as right and true.
  • It has a long history of fighting clear of doctrinal commitments and for good reasons.
  • Both regular and irregular armies have some kind of doctrinal base.
  • Watchtower doctrinal structure has had many flip-flops and back ups.
  • Neither one was actually a doctrinal change when one gets into the real meat of it.
  • In secular dress and in ordinary times, without magical powers or doctrinal authority, they have been pushed to the sidelines.
  • By refusing to endorse or use the language of counterinsurgency in the speech, he escapes their doctrinal logic.
  • In the face of secularism, believers make common cause, rather than emphasising doctrinal differences.
  • We are ideological and doctrinal beings, coached into our moral views.
Word Origin and History for doctrinal

"pertaining to doctrines," 1560s, from Late Latin doctrinalis, from doctrina (see doctrine). Attested from mid-15c. as the title of a text book (from Middle French doctrinal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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