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any of several academic degrees of the highest rank, as the Ph.D. or Ed.D., awarded by universities and some colleges for completing advanced work in graduate school or a professional school.
an honorary degree conferring the title of doctor upon the recipient, as with the LL.D. degree.
a degree awarded to a graduate of a school of medicine, dentistry, or veterinary science.
(for defs 1, 2).
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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