Definition of doctrinaire adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌdɒktrɪˈneə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɑːktrəˈner//
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strictly following a theory in all circumstances, even if there are practical problems or disagreement a doctrinaire conservative doctrinaire attitudes/beliefs/policies Word Originearly 19th cent.: from French, from doctrine, from Latin doctrina ‘teaching, learning’, from doctor ‘teacher’, from docere ‘teach’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: doctrinaire