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[dok-truh-nl; British also dok-trahyn-l]
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  1. of, relating to, or concerned with doctrine: a doctrinal dispute.
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Origin of doctrinal

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin doctrīnālis, equivalent to Latin doctrīn(a) (see doctrine) + -ālis -al1
Related formsdoc·tri·nal·i·ty, noundoc·tri·nal·ly, adverbnon·doc·tri·nal, adjectivenon·doc·tri·nal·ly, adverbun·doc·tri·nal, adjectiveun·doc·tri·nal·ly, adverb
Can be confuseddoctrinal doctrinaire
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Related Words for doctrinal

spiritual, clerical, holy, sectarian, moral, devout, sacred, pious, theological, doctrinal, metaphysical, ecclesiastical, conventional, old, classical, classic, universal, time-honored, historic, regular

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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).

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