Definition of Doctrine

1. Noun. A belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school.

Definition of Doctrine

1. n. Teaching; instruction.

Definition of Doctrine

1. Noun. A belief or tenet, especially about philosophical or theological matters. ¹

2. Noun. The body of teachings of a religion, or a religious leader, organization, group or text. ¹

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Definition of Doctrine

1. a belief or set of beliefs taught or advocated [n -S]

Medical Definition of Doctrine

1. 1. Teaching; instruction. "He taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, Hearken." (Mark iv. 2) 2. That which is taught; what is held, put forth as true, and supported by a teacher, a school, or a sect; a principle or position, or the body of principles, in any branch of knowledge; any tenet or dogma; a principle of faith; as, the doctrine of atoms; the doctrine of chances. "The doctrine of gravitation." "Articles of faith and doctrine." (Hooker) The Monroe doctrine, a policy enunciated by President Monroe (Message, Dec. 2, 1823), the essential feature of which is that the United States will regard as an unfriendly act any attempt on the part of European powers to extend their systems on this continent, or any interference to oppress, or in any manner control the destiny of, governments whose independence had been acknowledged by the United States. Synonym: Precept, tenet, principle, maxim, dogma. Doctrine, Precept. Doctrine denotes whatever is recommended as a speculative truth to the belief of others. Precept is a rule down to be obeyed. Doctrine supposes a teacher; precept supposes a superior, with a right to command. The doctrines of the Bible; the precepts of our holy religion. "Unpracticed he to fawn or seek for power By doctrines fashioned to the varying hour." (Goldsmith) Origin: F. Doctrine, L. Doctrina, fr. Doctor. See Doctor. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Doctrine

doctrine (current term)
doctrine of analogy
doctrine of equivalents
doctrine of foreign equivalents

Literary usage of Doctrine

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1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1914)
"Monroe doctrine and the foreign policy of the United States in the western hemisphere. ... Pan-American diplomacy superseding the Monroe doctrine in Mexico. ..."

2. Utopia by Thomas More (1869)
"Well, let a preacher be fure, yat hys doctrine be true, and it is not to be thought, ... doctrine both to • Rom. xv. 4. exhort and to convince the ..."

3. The American Historical Review by American historical association (1902)
"The tfl'fcj doctrine, stated by Secretary Elaine in 1881, holds that the H States is sole ... fourth doctrine, formulated by Secretary Olney in 1895, ..."

4. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1902)
"PROFESSOR FULLERTON ON ' THE doctrine OF SPACE AND TIME.' In a series of articles published last year in the Philosophical Review Professor Fullerton has ..."

5. The Works of John Owen by John Owen (1826)
"His proofs of the usefulness of his doctrine unto the promotion of godliness ; considered ... The doctrine by him opposed, mistaken, ignorantly or wilfully. ..."

6. Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin (1844)
"the doctrine. For the faithful under the former dispensation were directed to seek the face of God in the sanctuary ; (t) and this is so frequently repeated ..."

7. A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental by David ( Hume (1898)
"With each there is a precise correspondence between the doctrine of ... and the doctrine of the good. Each gives an account of reason consistent at least in ..."

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