From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin doctrina (“teaching, instruction, learning, knowledge”), from doctor (“a teacher”), from docere (“to teach”); see doctor.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈdɑk.tɹɪn/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈdɒk.tɹɪn/
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- Rhymes: -ɑktɹɪn, -ɒktɹɪn
- Hyphenation: doc‧trine
doctrine (countable and uncountable, plural doctrines)
- (countable) A belief or tenet, especially about philosophical or theological matters.
- The incarnation is a basic doctrine of classical Christianity.
- The four noble truths summarise the main doctrines of Buddhism.
- (countable and uncountable) The body of teachings of an ideology, most often a religion, or of an ideological or religious leader, organization, group, or text.
- What is the understanding of marriage and family in orthodox Marxist doctrine?
- 1560, John Knox, An Answere to a Great Number of Blasphemous Cavillations Written by an Anabaptist, and aduersarie to Gods eternall Predestination, London: Thomas Charde, published 1591, page 95:
- This one thing do we (compelled by your blaſphemous accuſations) repeat oftener then we would: to the end that indifferent men may ſee what doctrine it is, which you ſo maliciouſly impugne.
- (countable) A self-imposed policy governing some aspect of a country's foreign relations, especially regarding what sort of behavior it will or will not tolerate from other countries.
- the Monroe Doctrine... the Brezhnev Doctrine... the Negroponte Doctrine...
- abstention doctrine
- Bell doctrine
- blue pencil doctrine
- castle doctrine
- doctrine of equivalents
- doctrine of foreign equivalents
- doctrine of necessity
- doctrine of signatures
- fairness doctrine
- first sale doctrine
- first-sale doctrine
- living tree doctrine
- professional rescuers doctrine
- prosperity doctrine
- wage-fund doctrine
body of beliefs or teachings
- doctrine in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- doctrine in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
From Middle Dutch doctrine, from Middle French doctrine, from Latin doctrīna.
doctrine f (plural doctrines, diminutive doctrinetje n)
From Latin doctrina, diminutive from doctus, taught, perfect passive participle of docere, teach.
doctrine f (plural doctrines)
- “doctrine”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- inflection of doctrinar: