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This page has 9 definitions of doctrine with English translations in 4 languages. Doctrine is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use doctrine in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English doctrine definition


From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin doctrina (teaching, instruction, learning, knowledge), from doctor (a teacher), from docere (to teach); see doctor.



doctrine (countable and uncountable, plural doctrines)

  1. (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.
  2. (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.
  3. (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.

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Dutch doctrine definition


From Middle Dutch doctrine, from Middle French doctrine, from Latin doctrīna.


  • IPA(key): /ˌdɔkˈtri.nə/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: doc‧tri‧ne
  • Rhymes: -inə


doctrine f (plural doctrines, diminutive doctrinetje n)

  1. doctrine
    De doctrine stelt duidelijk dat...
    The doctrine clearly states that...
    Synonyms: leer, leerstuk

Derived terms

  • doctrinair
  • indoctrineren

French doctrine definition


From Latin doctrina, diminutive from doctus, taught, perfect passive participle of docere, teach.



doctrine f (plural doctrines)

  1. doctrine

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Spanish doctrine definition



  1. inflection of doctrinar:
    1. first-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular present subjunctive
    3. third-person singular imperative