- 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.
Origin of doctrine
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Related Wordsconcept, belief, creed, attitude, rule, tenet, precept, dogma, regulation, proposition, statement, teaching, axiom, tradition, basic, conviction, canon, instruction, pronouncement, article
Examples from the Web for doctrine
Most often, the doctrine is invoked by minors seeking an abortion without parental consent.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?
January 8, 2015
These are not sidelines to conservative Christian doctrine, but centerpieces of it.Church Sex Scandals Are Rooted in Theology
December 15, 2014
If it leads to real change, not just in tone, but also in doctrine and policy, it would indeed be an earthquake.Pope Francis Pushes the Church Another Step Further on Gays
October 16, 2014
And he went on to give as much of a Rand Paul Middle East Doctrine as a place where doctrine is the problem can take.My Coffee Klatch With Rand Paul
P. J. O’Rourke
September 27, 2014
In the current crisis, Obama has articulated no overarching cause, no doctrine about defending freedom and democracy.Arab Kings vs. ISIS Barbarians
September 23, 2014
I want you, moreover, to advocate our American doctrine of Protection.
How is the child to be secured its due share of both bodies of doctrine?A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
"That's a dangerous kind of a doctrine," said Uncle William.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
The unexpected march of events had converted him to the doctrine of fatalism.The Secret Agent
Reprimanded by its stern custodian, it explained that it was seeking a body of doctrine.The Devil's Dictionary
- 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
Word Origin and History for doctrine
late 14c., from Old French doctrine (12c.) "teaching, doctrine," and directly from Latin doctrina "teaching, body of teachings, learning," from doctor "teacher" (see doctor (n.)).