Simple Definition of doctrine
: a set of ideas or beliefs that are taught or believed to be true
: a statement of government policy especially in international relations
Full Definition of doctrine
2 a : something that is taught b : a principle or position or the body of principles in a branch of knowledge or system of belief : dogma c : a principle of law established through past decisions d : a statement of fundamental government policy especially in international relations e : a military principle or set of strategies
Examples of doctrine
The government was founded on a doctrine of equality for all people.
Many psychologists now question the doctrines of Sigmund Freud.
teaching religious doctrine to young people
Origin of doctrine
Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin doctrina, from doctor
First Known Use: 14th century
DOCTRINE Defined for Kids
Definition of doctrine
: something (as a rule or principle) that is taught, believed in, or considered to be true
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