doctrine

[dok-trin]
noun
1.
a particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated, as of a religion or government: Catholic doctrines; the Monroe Doctrine.
2.
something that is taught; teachings collectively: religious doctrine.
3.
a body or system of teachings relating to a particular subject: the doctrine of the Catholic Church.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin doctrīna teaching, equivalent to doct(o)r doctor + -īna -ine2

self-doctrine, noun


1. tenet, dogma, theory, precept, belief.
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doctrine (ˈdɒktrɪn)
 
n
1.  a creed or body of teachings of a religious, political, or philosophical group presented for acceptance or belief; dogma
2.  a principle or body of principles that is taught or advocated
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin doctrīna teaching, from doctor see doctor]
 
doctrinal
 
adj
 
doctrinality
 
n
 
doc'trinally
 
adv
 
'doctrinism
 
n
 
'doctrinist
 
n

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doctrine
late 14c., from O.Fr. doctrine (12c.), from L. doctrina "teaching, body of teachings, learning," from doctor "teacher" (see doctor).
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doctrine

the explication and officially acceptable version of a religious teaching. The development of doctrines and dogmas has significantly affected the traditions, institutions, and practices of the religions of the world. Doctrines and dogmas also have influenced and been influenced by the ongoing development of secular history, science, and philosophy.

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Example sentences
It's an unwritten rule: each president gets one foreign policy doctrine.
It is sound doctrine for the past, present and future.
Darwin described his theory as the doctrine of Malthus applied manifold to
  nature.
They very much wanted this doctrine to be part of his agenda.
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