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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- Plural: doctrines
- A doctrine can lead to an official policy.
- Also called:
- school of thought
- 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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How to Cite the Definition of Doctrine
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “doctrine.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 16, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/doctrine/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
doctrine. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/doctrine/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “doctrine.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 16, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/doctrine/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“doctrine.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Jun. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/doctrine/>.