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Definition of doctrine noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    doctrine

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    BrE BrE//ˈdɒktrɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːktrɪn//
     
     
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a Church, a political party, etc. the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty Christian doctrine He was deeply committed to political doctrines of social equality.
  2. 2Doctrine [countable] (US English) a statement of government policy the Monroe Doctrine
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin doctrina ‘teaching, learning’, from doctor ‘teacher’, from docere ‘teach’.Extra examples She rejected the traditional Christian doctrines. The Church welcomed all who were considered sound in doctrine. Their doctrine allows the use of violence. They were all committed to the doctrine of social equality. Thompson reconciled the doctrine of heat with that of mechanics in 1851. an influential body of doctrine communities divided on points of doctrine He challenged the Christian doctrine of Original Sin. He has written books on Catholic doctrine. She was deeply committed to political doctrines of social equality. The party’s strategy is based firmly in Marxist-Leninist doctrine.
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