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doctrine

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noun doc·trine \ˈdäk-trən\

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

  1. 1 archaic :  teaching, instruction

  2. 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

  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



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