Definitions of Doctrine
- (noun) The beliefs or principles accepted as authoritative and advocated for by an individual or group such as a political party or religion.
- (noun) A body or system of teachings of an individual or group.
Examples of Doctrine
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- Definition 2:
- American English – /dAHk-truhn/
- British English – /dOk-trin/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈdɑktrən/
- British English – /ˈdɒktrɪn/
- 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.
- “Fundamentalism, whether of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or Hindu variety, is a socially conservative political ideology dressed up in religious language. Although fundamentalists claim to adhere to the original doctrinal texts, they are frequently very selective in their use of those texts and traditions . . . As a religious doctrine, fundamentalism often takes religion out of the social context in which it first arose and says that tenets that may have made sense in, for example, a society that practiced slavery, are still applicable today” (Kaufman and Kimmel 2011:51).
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “doctrine.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 28, 2023 (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 November 28, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/doctrine/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“doctrine.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 28 Nov. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/doctrine/>.