verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- docosahexaenoic acid,
- doctor faustus,
- doctor livingstone, i presume?,
- doctor martens,
- doctor of philosophy,
- doctor of the church
Origin of doctor
Examples from the Web for doctoral
To help develop it, he hired a doctoral student in philosophy, Larry Sanger, whom he first met in online discussion groups.
Her doctoral thesis, says Ramin Takloo at the University of Illinois, was simply outstanding.Iranian Math Genius Mirzakhani Unveiled by President Rouhani|IranWire|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even Rachel Maddow, who wrote her doctoral thesis on AIDS reform in prisons, seemed surprised by the seemingly magnanimous move.
I help advise Omer, a twenty-eight year old journalist, in his doctoral studies at Rotterdam University.
I'm wrapping up a doctoral degree in the physical sciences and heading to an industrial job in a few months.
Excuse me if I take from under you, for a moment, your doctoral chair, and land you on one of the forms of the primary department.
The study, however, was undertaken as a doctoral dissertation at Columbia.
The doctoral and magistral canonries alluded to by Philip afforded a special grievance.A History of The Inquisition of Spain; vol. 2,|Henry Charles Lea
This work is a doctoral dissertation of Vanderbilt University.
A number of French doctoral dissertations by Chinese students deal with Chinese local government.Government in Republican China|Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
- to give medical treatment to
- to prescribe for (a disease or disorder)
Word Origin for doctor
c.1300, "Church father," from Old French doctour, from Medieval Latin doctor "religious teacher, adviser, scholar," in classical Latin "teacher," agent noun from docere "to show, teach, cause to know," originally "make to appear right," causative of decere "be seemly, fitting" (see decent). Meaning "holder of highest degree in university" is first found late 14c.; as is that of "medical professional" (replacing native leech (n.2)), though this was not common till late 16c. The transitional stage is exemplified in Chaucer's Doctor of phesike (Latin physica came to be used extensively in Medieval Latin for medicina).
Similar usage of the equivalent of doctor is colloquial in most European languages: cf. Italian dottore, French docteur, German doktor, Lithuanian daktaras, though these are typically not the main word in those languages for a medical healer. For similar evolution, cf. Sanskrit vaidya- "medical doctor," literally "one versed in science." German Arzt, Dutch arts are from Late Latin archiater, from Greek arkhiatros "chief healer," hence "court physician." French médecin is a back-formation from médicine, replacing Old French miege, from Latin medicus.
1590s, "to confer a degree on," from doctor (n.). Meaning "to treat medically" is from 1712; sense of "alter, disguise, falsify" is from 1774. Related: Doctored; doctoring.
see just what the doctor ordered.