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
Did You Know?
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 century
DOCTRINE Defined for English Language Learners
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
DOCTRINE Defined for Kids
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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