doctrinal

adjective
doc·​trin·​al | \ ˈdäk-trə-nᵊl How to pronounce doctrinal (audio) , especially British däk-ˈtrī- How to pronounce doctrinal (audio) \

Definition of doctrinal

: of, relating to, or preoccupied with doctrine

Other Words from doctrinal

doctrinally \ ˈdäk-​trə-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce doctrinal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of doctrinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This could be a doctrinal hook for union-busting antitrust lawyers who may argue that striking independent contractors are seeking to raise the price of goods and services, not their wages. Sandeep Vaheesan, The New Republic, 2 May 2022 In the early 20th century, Baptists in the United States found themselves on both sides of a schism within American Christianity over doctrinal issues, known as the fundamentalist-modernist controversy. Jason Oliver Evans, The Conversation, 14 Apr. 2022 Or the terrible violence committed by people with the same religion over this or that doctrinal variation. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 25 Mar. 2022 In 1979, fourteen months after the election of Pope John Paul II, the Vatican withdrew Küng’s license to teach as a Catholic theologian; three years later, Ratzinger took the Vatican’s top doctrinal job. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 20 Feb. 2022 In 2019, he was tried by the Vatican’s doctrinal office on unspecified accusations. Silvina Frydlewsky And Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2022 The practice has long been upheld by secular courts, which by law cannot interfere with religious doctrinal matters. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 The practice has long been upheld by secular courts, which by law cannot interfere with religious doctrinal matters. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 The practice has long been upheld by secular courts, which by law cannot interfere with religious doctrinal matters. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of doctrinal

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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6 May 2022

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“Doctrinal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doctrinal. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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