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Definition of the noun doctrine

What does doctrine mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: doctrines

  1. a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
    • examples: That doctrine will no doubt lead to dismal consequences. | That doctrine will no doubt lead to serious consequences. | A famous Japanese poet does not approve of any fixed doctrine in haiku. | They still clung to this doctrine. | What's essential in education is not the doctrine that is taught, it's the awakening. | Epicurus laid down the doctrine that pleasure was the chief good. | Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean, Doctrine, turpentine, marine. | The probability, therefore, is, that the whole theory or doctrine of what is called the redemption was originally fabricated on purpose to bring forward and build all those secondary and pecuniary redemptions upon. | No external evidence can, at this long distance of time, be produced to prove whether the church fabricated the doctrine called redemption or not. | This single reflection will show that the doctrine of redemption is founded on a mere pecuniary idea corresponding to that of a debt which another person might pay.
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of doctrine: ism / philosophical system / philosophy / school of thought
    • more generic word: belief = any cognitive content held as true
    • more specific terms:
      • nuclear deterrence = the military doctrine that an enemy will be deterred from using nuclear weapons as long as he can be destroyed as a consequence
      • Kabbalism / Cabalism = the doctrines of the Kabbalah
      • abolitionism = the doctrine that calls for the abolition of slavery
      • absolutism = the doctrine of an absolute being
      • amoralism = the doctrine that moral distinctions are invalid
      • animalism = the doctrine that human beings are purely animal in nature and lacking a spiritual nature
      • animism = the doctrine that all natural objects and the universe itself have souls
      • antiestablishmentarianism / antiestablishmentism = the doctrine of opposition to the social and political establishment
      • asceticism = the doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures it is possible to achieve a high spiritual or intellectual state
      • contextualism = any doctrine emphasizing the importance of the context in solving problems or establishing the meaning of terms
      • creationism = the literal belief in the account of Creation given in the Book of Genesis
      • credo / creed = any system of principles or beliefs
      • divine right of kings / divine right = the doctrine that kings derive their right to rule directly from God and are not accountable to their subjects
      • dogma = a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative
      • dualism = the doctrine that reality consists of two basic opposing elements, often taken to be mind and matter (or mind and body), or good and evil
      • dynamism = any of the various theories or doctrines or philosophical systems that attempt to explain the phenomena of the universe in terms of some immanent force or energy
      • epicureanism = a doctrine of hedonism that was defended by several ancient Greek philosophers
      • establishmentarianism / establishmentism = the doctrine of supporting the social or political establishment
      • ethicism = a doctrine that ethics and ethical ideas are valid and important
      • expansionism = the doctrine of expanding the territory or the economic influence of a country
      • formalism = the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is what should be represented
      • functionalism = any doctrine that stresses utility or purpose
      • Girondism = the doctrine of the Girondists
      • gospel = a doctrine that is believed to be of great importance
      • gymnosophy = the doctrine of a sect of Hindu philosophers who practiced nudity and asceticism and meditation
      • imitation = the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations
      • individualism / laissez faire = the doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs
      • internationalism = the doctrine that nations should cooperate because their common interests are more important than their differences
      • unilateralism = the doctrine that nations should conduct their foreign affairs individualistically without the advice or involvement of other nations
      • irredentism / irridentism = the doctrine that irredenta should be controlled by the country to which they are ethnically or historically related
      • literalism = the doctrine of realistic (literal) portrayal in art or literature
      • majority rule / democracy = the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group
      • monism = the doctrine that reality consists of a single basic substance or element
      • multiculturalism = the doctrine that several different cultures (rather than one national culture) can coexist peacefully and equitably in a single country
      • nationalism = the doctrine that your national culture and interests are superior to any other
      • nationalism = the doctrine that nations should act independently (rather than collectively) to attain their goals
      • nihilism = a revolutionary doctrine that advocates destruction of the social system for its own sake
      • pacificism / passivism / pacifism = the doctrine that all violence is unjustifiable
      • pluralism = the doctrine that reality consists of several basic substances or elements
      • populism = the political doctrine that supports the rights and powers of the common people in their struggle with the privileged elite
      • presentism = the doctrine that the Scripture prophecies of the Apocalypse (as in the Book of Revelations) are presently in the course of being fulfilled
      • freethinking / rationalism = the doctrine that reason is the right basis for regulating conduct
      • reformism = a doctrine of reform
      • secular humanism / humanism = the doctrine emphasizing a person's capacity for self-realization through reason
      • humanitarianism / humanism = the doctrine that people's duty is to promote human welfare
      • equalitarianism / egalitarianism = the doctrine of the equality of mankind and the desirability of political and economic and social equality
      • feminism = a doctrine that advocates equal rights for women
      • reincarnationism = a doctrine that on the death of the body the soul migrates to or is born again in another body
      • secessionism = a doctrine that maintains the right of secession
      • secularism = a doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations
      • phenomenology = a philosophical doctrine proposed by Edmund Husserl based on the study of human experience in which considerations of objective reality are not taken into account
      • philosophical doctrine / philosophical theory = a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
      • states' rights = a doctrine that federal powers should be curtailed and returned to the individual states
      • commandment / teaching / precept = a doctrine that is taught
      • theological doctrine = the doctrine of a religious group
      • utilitarianism = doctrine that the useful is the good; especially as elaborated by Jeremy Bentham and James Mill
      • descriptivism = a doctrine supporting or promoting descriptive linguistics
      • descriptivism = a doctrine holding that moral statements have a truth value
      • prescriptivism = a doctrine supporting or promoting prescriptive linguistics
      • prescriptivism = a doctrine holding that moral statements prescribe appropriate attitudes and behavior
      • religious doctrine / church doctrine / gospel / creed = the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group
      • millennium = in Revelations it is foretold that those faithful to Jesus will reign with Jesus over the earth for a thousand years; the meaning of these words have been much debated

Alternative definition of the noun doctrine


  1. A belief or tenet, especially about philosophical or theological matters.
  2. The body of teachings of a religion, or a religious leader, organization, group or text.


Doctrine is a musical group.

  • album: "Leavers' Do"


  1. "Doctrine" is the sixth studio album by Dutch technical death metal band Pestilence, which was released on April 24, 2011. The album was recorded and mixed at Woodshed Studio in southern Germany with engineer Victor "V.Santura" Bullok. The artwork was designed by Marko Saarelainen. The album represents a second release by the reformed Pestilence, with two new members: Yuma van Eekelen and Jeroen Paul Thesseling, who was a member of the band during the Spheres era. Technically, the album is an experimentation with very low tunings, with Mameli and Uterwijk playing on 8-string guitars, and Thesseling playing a 7-string fretless bass.
  2. "Doctrine" is a musical album of Sombre Chemin.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  3. "Doctrine" is a composition.


  1. Doctrine is a codification of beliefs or a body of teachings or instructions, taught principles or positions, as the essence of teachings in a given branch of knowledge or belief system. The Greek analogue is the etymology of catechism.
  2. The Doctrine Project is a set of PHP libraries primarily focused on providing persistence services and related functionality. Its prize projects are an Object Relational Mapper and the Database Abstraction Layer it is built on top of.
  3. Doctrine is a canonical version, musical recording.

Phrases with Doctrine

Phrases starting with the word Doctrine:

  1. doctrine of analogy
  2. Doctrine of equivalents
  3. Doctrine of foreign equivalents

Phrases ending with the word Doctrine:

  1. cell doctrine
  2. church doctrine
  3. monroe doctrine
  4. truman doctrine
  5. cy pres doctrine
  6. Brezhnev Doctrine
  7. judicial doctrine
  8. baptistic doctrine
  9. religious doctrine
  10. Abstention doctrine
  11. Prosperity Doctrine
  12. theological doctrine
  13. philosophical doctrine

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Doctrine

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Google previewRadical Love (2011)

An Introduction to Queer Theology by Patrick S Cheng

This chapter will discuss four classical doctrines relating to Jesus Christ. The first doctrine is that of sin, which is the distancing of ourselves from God. The second doctrine is that of Jesus Christ, which is the embodied means by which God ...

Google previewContract Law in Hong Kong (2011)

by Michael Fisher, Desmond G. Greenwood

The doctrine is a creation of the common law. As with many...

Google previewSumma Theologica, Volume 1 (2013)

by St Thomas Aquinas

Therefore sacred doctrine is a science. / answer that, Sacred doctrine is a science. We must bear in mind that there are two kinds of sciences. There are some which proceed from a principle known by the natural light of the intelligence, such ...

Google previewAir University Review

1, Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms Aerospace doctrine is an avthoritative statement...

Google previewThe Genesis of Doctrine (1997)

A Study in the Foundation of Doctrinal Criticism by Alister E. McGrath

A central theme of this work has been that the generative event of Christian doctrine is the history of Jesus of Nazareth. Prior to any attempt to articulate Christian doctrine is the community-generating and identity-giving history of Jesus of ...

Google previewSolving the Mystery of Babylon the Great (2011)

by Edward Hendrie

The official Catholic doctrine is that all Christians who refuse to convert to Catholicism or who leave the Catholic Church are damned to hell. All the talk by the Catholic Church calling Protestants “separated brethren” is a diabolical deception.

Google previewThe Role of Economic Analysis in the EC Competition Rules (2009)

by Doris Hildebrand

The concentration doctrine is a variant of the structuralist position.

One criticism of the concentration doctrine is that its adherents link concentration too directly to market power, ...

Google previewAntitrust & Trade Associations (1996)

How Trade Regulation Laws Apply to Trade and Professional Associations

Clearly, the NoerrPennington doctrine is a principle of constitutional law which bars litigation arising from injuries received as a consequence of First Amendment petitioning activity, regardless of the underlying cause of action asserted”) ...

Google previewNew Jersey Environmental Law Handbook (2014)

by Albert I. Telsey

PUBLIC TRUST DOCTRINE The public trust doctrine is a common law doctrine which acknowledges that...

The central premise of the doctrine is that no entity shall interfere with public ac- cess to natural resources.

Google previewChurch Dogmatics: The doctrine of the word of God (2 pts.) (2004)

by Karl Barth

Pure doctrine is an event. It is the same with the proclamation of the Church as with revelation and Holy Scripture. We have seen that revelation as God's Word is the unity of the act of incarnation and of the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. And we ...

Google previewEschatology: The Revelation of Jesus Christ (2014)

by Oj Hernandez

Doctrine is the codification of believes given to a person about a determined material, science, wisdom, of what is teach, of what is believed. In the case of the church doctrine, is the law that we live for, because it comes from the wisdom and ...

Google previewDictionary of Theories, Laws, and Concepts in Psychology (1998)

by Jon E. Roeckelein

developed the doctrine of unconscious inference (in German, " unbewusster Schluss"), which refers to a judgment one makes on the basis of a limited ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of American Radio (1998)

by Donald G. Godfrey, Frederic A. Leigh

FAIRNESS DOCTRINE, requirement, now defunct, that broadcasters provide contrasting views on personal attack, political editorializing, or controversial issues. The requirement was first enunciated by the Federal Communications ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Political Communication in the United States (1999)

by Guido Hermann Stempel

F FAIRNESS DOCTRINE. This most controversial policy of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) arose in 1949 out of a series of rulings on broadcast editorializing. It died a political death in 1987 during the administration of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Journalism (2007)

by Stephen L. Vaughn

DOCTRINE. The FairnessDoctrine wasaregulatory policy enforced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from1949 to 1987. It imposed a duty on all broadcast licensees to actively seek out controversial issues of public ...

Google previewDepartment of Defense dictionary of military and associated terms (Online)

joint doctrine — Fundamental principles that guide the employment of forces of two or more Military Departments in coordinated action toward a common objective. It is authoritative; as such, joint doctrine will be followed except when, ...

Google previewA Popular Dictionary of Buddhism (2005)

by Christmas Humphreys

doctrine and practice, built about the Sangha. But early in the history of Buddhism there was dissension at the great Councils called from time to time to settle and preserve the Doctrine, and already inthe second centuryB.C. wefind intwo other ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the United States Constitution (2009)

by David Andrew Schultz

the Supreme Court established that “actual malice ” was necessary to constitutionally hold a speaker liable for defamation of a public official (a doctrine later extended to cover public figures in general). “ Actual ...

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What I did was, I went and collected every bit of information from Adventist publishing houses in the basic areas of doctrine covered in the book Questions on Doctrine. (Walter Martin)
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The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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