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[dok-trin] /ˈdɒk trɪn/
a particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated, as of a religion or government:
Catholic doctrines; the Monroe Doctrine.
something that is taught; teachings collectively:
religious doctrine.
a body or system of teachings relating to a particular subject:
the doctrine of the Catholic Church.
Origin of doctrine
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin doctrīna teaching, equivalent to doct(o)r doctor + -īna -ine2
Related forms
self-doctrine, noun
1. tenet, dogma, theory, precept, belief. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for doctrine
  • 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.
  • Over the past quarter of a century, it has become doctrine that depression is primarily a chemical issue.
  • What was once a footnote to a doctrine begins to seem like the text itself.
  • And the concept of transformativeness is central to understanding the doctrine of fair use.
  • In this case the doctrine of determinism holds.
  • The essential elements in this doctrine appear to be four.
  • That doctrine constituted a remarkable shift.
British Dictionary definitions for doctrine


a creed or body of teachings of a religious, political, or philosophical group presented for acceptance or belief; dogma
a principle or body of principles that is taught or advocated
Derived Forms
doctrinal (dɒkˈtraɪnəl) adjective
doctrinality (ˌdɒktrɪˈnælɪtɪ) noun
doctrinally, adverb
doctrinism, noun
doctrinist, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin doctrīna teaching, from doctor see doctor
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Word Origin and History for doctrine

late 14c., from Old French doctrine (12c.) "teaching, doctrine," and directly from Latin doctrina "teaching, body of teachings, learning," from doctor "teacher" (see doctor (n.)).

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