The degree or status of a doctor as conferred by a university.(noun)
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Use "doctorate" in a sentence
"After all, presumably someone with a doctorate is a highly educated person possessing a vigorous work ethic --- and more importantly, has achieved the ability to think abstractly at a very high level."
"For example, a doctorate is a degree that is attained by the completion of the educational requirements."
"Let me guess, you got your doctorate from the ACME School of Holistic Medicine and Taxidermy Science?"