Definition of doctrine
2a : something that is taughtb : a principle or position or the body of principles in a branch of knowledge or system of belief : dogma Catholic doctrinec law : a principle of law established through past decisionsd : a statement of fundamental government policy especially in international relations the Truman Doctrinee : a military principle or set of strategies
Examples of doctrine in a Sentence
The government was founded on a doctrine of equality for all people.
Many psychologists now question the doctrines of Sigmund Freud.
teaching religious doctrine to young people
Recent Examples of doctrine from the Web
The anti-commandeering doctrine bars Congress from ordering states to adopt a particular regulatory scheme when the federal government itself has not adopted a relevant scheme.
A career damage controlman, Lopez is part of a select Navy team that writes the doctrine on how to save ships hit by bombs, torpedoes or pretty much everything else that can sink a vessel.
This gives defenders little time to prepare, and as a result both services are modifying their amphibious doctrine to launch assaults at a safer distance.
The public forum doctrine only applies to government, so private users don’t need to worry about potential violations, said Weiland.
At the time, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the third-party doctrine has come to a boil.
That would eliminate the current legal doctrine cited by a judge last month in vacating Hernandez’s conviction in the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player.
The Idaho Attorney General’s Office later released an opinion that such an arrangement would violate the Constitution’s public purpose doctrine.
Sinter Klaas,’ which in turn is a reference to the real-life Saint Nicholas ... (who) lavished gifts on needy children (and) also valiantly supported the doctrine of the Trinity.
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The original doctrines were those of the Catholic Church, especially as taught by the so-called doctors (religious scholars) of the Church. But today a doctrine can come from many other sources. Old and established legal principles are called legal doctrine. Traditional psychiatrists still follow the doctrines of Sigmund Freud. Communist doctrine in the 1920s and ʼ30s was often the teachings of Lenin, which were then regarded in the Soviet Union as almost sacred. U.S. presidents have given their names to doctrines as well: In 1823 the Monroe Doctrine stated that the United States would oppose European influence in the Americas, and in 1947 the Truman Doctrine held that America would support free countries against enemies outside and inside.
Origin and Etymology of doctrine
Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin doctrina, from doctor
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of doctrine for English Language Learners
: a set of ideas or beliefs that are taught or believed to be true
: a statement of government policy especially in international relations
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Definition of doctrine for Students
: something (as a rule or principle) that is taught, believed in, or considered to be true
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