noun doc·trine \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
DOCTRINES Defined for Kids


noun doc·trine \ˈdäk-trən\

Definition of DOCTRINE for Kids

:  something (as a rule or principle) that is taught, believed in, or considered to be true


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