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

/ˈdɑktrən//ˈdäktrən/