doctrine

[ dok-trin ]
/ ˈdɒk trɪn /

noun

a particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated, as of a religion or government: Catholic doctrines; the Monroe Doctrine.
something that is taught; teachings collectively: religious doctrine.
a body or system of teachings relating to a particular subject: the doctrine of the Catholic Church.

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Origin of doctrine

1350–1400; Middle English <Anglo-French <Latin doctrīna teaching, equivalent to doct(o)rdoctor + -īna-ine2

OTHER WORDS FROM doctrine

self-doctrine, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for doctrine

doctrine
/ (ˈdɒktrɪn) /

noun

a creed or body of teachings of a religious, political, or philosophical group presented for acceptance or belief; dogma
a principle or body of principles that is taught or advocated

Derived forms of doctrine

Word Origin for doctrine

C14: from Old French, from Latin doctrīna teaching, from doctor see doctor
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