What does indoctrination mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. indoctrination(noun)

    teaching someone to accept doctrines uncritically


  1. indoctrination(Noun)

    The act of indoctrinating, or the condition of being indoctrinated

  2. indoctrination(Noun)

    Instruction in the rudiments and principles of any science or belief system; information.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indoctrination(noun)

    the act of indoctrinating, or the condition of being indoctrinated; instruction in the rudiments and principles of any science or system of belief; information


  1. Indoctrination

    Indoctrination is the process of inculcating ideas, attitudes, cognitive strategies or a professional methodology. It is often distinguished from education by the fact that the indoctrinated person is expected not to question or critically examine the doctrine they have learned. As such the term may be used pejoratively, often in the context of education, political opinions, theology or religious dogma. The term is closely linked to socialization; in common discourse, indoctrination is often associated with negative connotations, while socialization refers to cultural or educational learning.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of indoctrination in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of indoctrination in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John McAdams:

    There’s a lot of keeping your mouth shut, students are subjected to a good bit of indoctrination.

  2. Zeki Saritoprak:

    Worldwide, to my knowledge, there has been no credible evidence of religious indoctrination at any school established or run by Hizmet sympathizers.

  3. Paul Martin:

    It is not cost effective, the goals are to win over the hearts and minds and illustrate a better perception of the U.S. This seems to be an unachievable task due to the indoctrination process of a radical Islamic jihadist.

  4. Doris Lessing:

    You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accomodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others, will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself-educating your own judgement. Those that stay must remember, always and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this society.

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