Definition of doctrine in US English:

doctrine

noun

  • 1A belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a Church, political party, or other group.

    ‘the doctrine of predestination’
    • ‘Life is never as simple as most political doctrines would have us believe.’
    • ‘Recent legal regulation of democratic practices has focused on developing constitutional doctrines that permit courts to reshape political practices.’
    • ‘Globally I think that the classical political doctrines will be seriously transformed.’
    • ‘In this book, he rejects the doctrine of original sin and replaces it with original goodness.’
    • ‘Of course, we have not yet developed the necessary tactical doctrine for systems we have not developed and flown.’
    • ‘Since the Catholic mass was forbidden in late Elizabethan England, accepting the doctrine of transubstantiation necessitated risking considerable penalties.’
    • ‘At the moment opinions differ too much to formulate a doctrine of predestination that is acceptable for all parties.’
    • ‘It attained some popularity due to a mistaken belief that it taught orthodox Mahyna doctrines, such as emptiness.’
    • ‘However, the East never developed a doctrine of original sin as the west did.’
    • ‘I now accepted the orthodox Christian doctrine of Creation.’
    • ‘We're moving on now, leaving medieval doctrines and superstitious belief systems behind.’
    • ‘Some other missionaries may have just been concerned to teach the doctrines of the church.’
    • ‘Ironically, in escaping political doctrines, he found himself snared by a musical ideology.’
    • ‘Both groups continue to perpetuate the old and outworn doctrines of party politics.’
    • ‘I'm not a god-fearing man but I do at times incline towards the highest doctrines of the church.’
    • ‘There were significant restrictions on the freedom of individuals to question or reject church doctrine.’
    • ‘In 325, church leaders were willing to die to see that orthodox doctrine was upheld.’
    • ‘The outstanding distinction lies in the fact that Buddhist doctrine is propounded by an apparently historical founder.’
    • ‘The ideals of the party become sacred doctrines that can in no event be violated or contradicted.’
    • ‘Catholic social doctrine was seen as an alternative to, and bulwark against, socialism.’
    creed, credo, dogma, belief, set of beliefs, code of belief, conviction, teaching
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    1. 1.1US A stated principle of government policy, mainly in foreign or military affairs.
      ‘the Monroe Doctrine’
      • ‘The Bush doctrine is being evoked as a template for conflict resolution worldwide.’
      • ‘If he adopts a doctrine of pre-emption, he is unacceptably remaking American national-security policy.’
      • ‘He demonstrates that the Bush doctrine is connected with the spread of neoliberalism and global capital.’
      • ‘We proclaim a new doctrine of preemption which is understood by few and feared by many.’
      • ‘The conquest of Iraq was the first test of the Bush doctrine of preventive war.’
      • ‘Are we discussing the Powell doctrine, or is this a critique of what's going on in the world right now?’
      principle, rule, tenet, canon, code, guideline, working principle, law, ordinance, statute, command, order, decree, mandate, dictate, dictum, directive, direction, instruction, injunction, prescription, commandment
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin doctrina ‘teaching, learning’, from doctor ‘teacher’, from docere ‘teach’.

Pronunciation

doctrine

/ˈdäktrən//ˈdɑktrən/