[dok-truh-nl; British also dok-trahyn-l]


of, relating to, or concerned with doctrine: a doctrinal dispute.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for doctrinally



"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper