noun \ˈdäk-trən\

: 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

archaic :  teaching, instruction
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

  1. The government was founded on a doctrine of equality for all people.
  2. Many psychologists now question the doctrines of Sigmund Freud.
  3. 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

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis


Next Word in the Dictionary: doctrine of correspondence
Previous Word in the Dictionary: doctrinary
All Words Near: doctrine

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up doctrine? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More