doc·​trin·​al ˈdäk-trə-nᵊl How to pronounce doctrinal (audio)
especially British
däk-ˈtrī- How to pronounce doctrinal (audio)
: of, relating to, or preoccupied with doctrine
doctrinally adverb

Examples of doctrinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Francis was elected, the doctrinal office was run by Archbishop Gerhard Müller, a traditionalist who had been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI—the former Cardinal Ratzinger. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2024 My child’s teacher is teaching doctrinal errors related to my religion, despite the school’s claim of being nonsectarian. Harriette Cole, The Mercury News, 21 Mar. 2024 Many Russians now accept the following propositions as doctrinal truths: Putin is capably fighting a necessary war, Putin is the only one who can lead Russia, and Putin owns Russia’s political future. Michael Kimmage, Foreign Affairs, 13 Mar. 2024 Zaid had doctrinal differences with the Houthis, whose ideology strays far from Zaydi orthodoxy. Robert F. Worth, The Atlantic, 5 Mar. 2024 To become better at strategic adaptation, Ukraine must also remove the institutional and timing obstacles that stand between tactical learning and doctrinal innovation and training. Mick Ryan, Foreign Affairs, 5 Feb. 2024 In 2017, Francis perplexed Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, then the church’s doctrinal watchdog, by ordering him to fire three conservative priests in his office. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 There are important doctrinal differences between mainstream Shiism and Zaidi Islam: mainstream Shiites recognize 12 imams, for instance, while Zaidis recognize only five. Alexandra Stark, Foreign Affairs, 11 Jan. 2024 But the Vatican did not rush to clear away any of the confusions that the statement itself created, while progressives seeking thorough doctrinal change claimed victory. Nr Editors, National Review, 22 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of doctrinal was in the 15th century

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“Doctrinal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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