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Definition of "doctrine" []

  • A principle or body of principles presented for acceptance or belief, as by a religious, political, scientific, or philosophic group; dogma. (noun)
  • A rule or principle of law, especially when established by precedent. (noun)
  • A statement of official government policy, especially in foreign affairs and military strategy. (noun)
  • Archaic Something taught; a teaching. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "doctrine" in a sentence
  • "-- This, sir, is doctrine that will stand, because it is _Bible doctrine_."
  • "I at present entirely reject the blastema doctrine in its original form, and in its place I put the _doctrine of the continuous development of tissues out of one another_."
  • "To remove our perplexity, Pascal gravely tells us, that _it is necessary to judge the doctrine by the miracles, and the miracles by the doctrine; that the doctrine proves the miracles, and the miracles the doctrine_."