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

Example: Truman Doctrine or a military doctrine.

2. (noun) A body or system of teachings of an individual or group.

Example: The doctrines of Christianity.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: doctrines
  • A doctrine can lead to an official policy.
  • Also called:
    • canon
    • creed
    • maxim
    • precept
    • school of thought
    • tenet
  • Doctrine used in a sentence: The Monroe Doctrine once guided the foreign policy of the United States.
  • 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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