What does Doctrine mean?

Definitions for Doctrine
ˈdɒk trɪndoc·trine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. doctrine, philosophy, philosophical system, school of thought, ismnoun

    a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school


  1. doctrinenoun

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

  2. doctrinenoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Doctrinenoun

    Etymology: doctrina, Latin.

    To make new articles of faith and doctrine, no man thinketh it lawful; new laws of government, what church or commonwealth is there which maketh not either at one time or other? Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. 10.

    Ye are the sons of clergy, who bring all their doctrines fairly to the light, and invite men with freedom to examine them. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    That great principle in natural philosophy is the doctrine of gravitation, or mutual tendency of all bodies toward each other. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    He said unto them in his doctrine. Mark iv. 2.


  1. doctrine

    Doctrine refers to a set of beliefs, principles, or teachings that are held and promoted by a particular group, institution, or individual. This could involve a system of ideas relating to a specific subject or issue, which are generally accepted as authoritative or true by that group or individual. Doctrine can be applied in various contexts such as religion, politics, law, or philosophy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Doctrinenoun

    teaching; instruction

  2. Doctrinenoun

    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


  1. Doctrine

    Doctrine is a codification of beliefs or a body of teachings or instructions, taught principles or positions, as the body of teachings in a branch of knowledge or belief system. The Greek analogue is the etymology of catechism. Often doctrine specifically connotes a corpus of religious dogma as it is promulgated by a church, but not necessarily: doctrine is also used to refer to a principle of law, in the common law traditions, established through a history of past decisions, such as the doctrine of self-defense, or the principle of fair use, or the more narrowly applicable first-sale doctrine. In some organizations, doctrine is simply defined as "that which is taught", in other words the basis for institutional teaching of its personnel internal ways of doing business.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Doctrine

    dok′trin, n. a thing taught: a principle of belief: what the Scriptures teach on any subject: (B.) act or manner of teaching.—adj. Doc′trinal, relating to or containing doctrine: relating to the act of teaching.—adv. Doc′trinally. [Fr.,—L. doctrīna, docēre, to teach.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. doctrine

    Fundamental principles by which the military forces or elements thereof guide their actions in support of national objectives. It is authoritative but requires judgment in application. See also multinational doctrine; joint doctrine; multi-Service doctrine.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Doctrine' in Nouns Frequency: #1828

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Doctrine in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Doctrine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Doctrine in a Sentence

  1. Curtis Scaparrotti:

    Russian doctrine states that tactical nuclear weapons may be used in a conventional response scenario, this is alarming and it underscores why our country’s nuclear forces and NATO’s continues to be a vital component of our deterrence.

  2. Benito Mussolini, The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism, 1935:

    If every age has its own characteristic doctrine, there are a thousand signs which point to Fascism as the characteristic doctrine of our time.

  3. Garry Reid:

    We in the Department of Defense are doing everything we can to eliminate extremism in the Department of Defense, doD policy expressly prohibits military personnel from actively advocating supremacist, extremist or criminal gang doctrine, ideology, or cause.

  4. Larry Pratt:

    Christian doctrine teaches that man is fallen. He's sinful and our natural tendency is to do bad things, so, especially in a church, we ought to be alert to the fact that there might be a dirt bag on the loose. ... To try to assume that no defense is a good defense is a lousy theology.

  5. William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne:

    My esoteric doctrine, is that if you entertain any doubt, it is safest to take the unpopular side in the first instance. Transit from the unpopular, is easy... but from the popular to the unpopular is so steep and rugged that it is impossible to maintain it.

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