What does doctoral mean?

Definitions for doctoral
-ˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-doc·tor·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. doctoral, doctorialadjective

    of or relating to a doctor or doctorate

    "doctoral dissertation"; "doctorial candidates"


  1. doctoraladjective

    Relating to a doctorate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Doctoraladjective

    Relating to the degree of a doctor.

    Etymology: doctoralis, Latin.


  1. doctoral

    A doctorate (from Latin docere, "to teach"), doctor's degree (from Latin doctor, "teacher"), or doctoral degree is an academic degree awarded by universities and some other educational institutions, derived from the ancient formalism licentia docendi ("licence to teach"). In most countries, a research degree qualifies the holder to teach at university level in the degree's field or work in a specific profession. There are a number of doctoral degrees; the most common is the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), awarded in many different fields, ranging from the humanities to scientific disciplines. In the United States and some other countries, there are also some types of technical or professional degrees that include "doctor" in their name and are classified as a doctorate in some of those countries. Professional doctorates historically came about to meet the needs of practitioners in a variety of disciplines. Many universities also award honorary doctorates to individuals deemed worthy of special recognition, either for scholarly work or other contributions to the university or society.


  1. doctoral

    Doctoral refers to anything relating to or designed to culminate in a doctorate or the highest degree awarded by a university or other approved educational organization. This often involves advanced research or coursework in a particular subject or discipline.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Doctoraladjective

    of or relating to a doctor, or to the degree of doctor

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. doctoral.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of doctoral in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of doctoral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of doctoral in a Sentence

  1. Mayim Bialik:

    I got my undergrad degree in neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish studies, and then I went on to a doctoral program.

  2. Gerald McSwiggan:

    The English department faculty saw a need for additional scholarship in Black studies, and decided to focus doctoral admissions this year on prospective PhD students with an interest in working in and with Black Studies, as with other departments in the University, the departments faculty will decide which areas of scholarship they wish to focus on for PhD admissions in future years.

  3. Heather Kugelmass:

    This study identified racial and class-based disparities in access, but could not evaluate potential solutions, also, it’s important to caution that this study investigated only doctoral-level psychotherapists in New York City who were sole practitioners; therefore, recommendations based on this research might not be generalizable.

  4. Dean Acheson:

    The task of a public officer seeking to explain and gain support for a major policy is not that of the writer of a doctoral thesis, qualification must give way to simplicity of statement, nicety and nuance to bluntness, almost brutality, in carrying home a point.

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