[ dok-truh-nl; British also dok-trahyn-l ]
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  1. 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

Other words from doctrinal

  • doc·tri·nal·i·ty, noun
  • doc·tri·nal·ly, adverb
  • non·doc·tri·nal, adjective
  • non·doc·tri·nal·ly, adverb
  • un·doc·tri·nal, adjective
  • un·doc·tri·nal·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with doctrinal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use doctrinal in a sentence

  • Several studies of contemporary communities support the idea that doctrinal rituals help unite social groups.

  • Doctrinally, the modern Ritualist is prepared to surrender the old theory of inspiration.

    Outspoken Essays | William Ralph Inge
  • Here too those who deny the freedom of man's will doctrinally yet accept it as a working fact.

    The Discipline of War | John Hasloch Potter
  • In this province, taken as a whole, it does not so much speak doctrinally, as enforce measures of discipline.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua | John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • At times she has been puritanical, at others morally lax; at times doctrinally lax, at others rigid.

    Lux Mundi | Various