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Definitions of Doctrine

  1. (noun) The beliefs or principles accepted as authoritative and advocated for by an individual or group such as a political party or religion.
  2. (noun) A body or system of teachings of an individual or group.

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Doctrine Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: doc·trine

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /dAHk-truhn/
  • British English – /dOk-trin/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈdɑktrən/
  • British English – /ˈdɒktrɪn/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: doctrines
  • A doctrine can lead to an official policy.
  • A (noun) doctrinaire (adverb) doctrinally clings to a (noun) doctrinality or (noun) doctrinism often in the face of opposing views, holding fast to (adjective) doctrinal beliefs or principles and seeking to (verb) indoctrinate others to a position.

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Works Consulted

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. 5th ed. 2011. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Marsh, Ian, and Mike Keating, eds. 2006. Sociology: Making Sense of Society. 3rd ed. Harlow, England: Pearson Education.

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Random House Webster’s College Dictionary. 1997. New York: Random House.

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Cite the Definition of Doctrine

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “doctrine.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 28, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/doctrine/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

doctrine. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/doctrine/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “doctrine.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 28, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/doctrine/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“doctrine.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 28 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/doctrine/>.