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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Doctrine  \Doc"trine\,  n.  [F.  doctrine,  L.  doctrina,  fr  doctor. 
  See  {Doctor}.] 
  1.  Teaching;  instruction. 
 
  He  taught  them  many  things  by  parables,  and  said 
  unto  them  in  his  doctrine,  Hearken.  --  Mark  iv  2. 
 
  2.  That  which  is  taught;  what  is  held,  put  forth  as  true,  and 
  supported  by  a  teacher,  a  school,  or  a  sect;  a  principle 
  or  position,  or  the  body  of  principles,  in  any  branch  of 
  knowledge;  any  tenet  or  dogma;  a  principle  of  faith;  as 
  the  doctrine  of  atoms;  the  doctrine  of  chances.  ``The 
  doctrine  of  gravitation.''  --I.  Watts. 
 
  Articles  of  faith  and  doctrine.  --  Hooker. 
 
  {The  Monroe  doctrine}  (Politics),  a  policy  enunciated  by 
  President  Monroe  (Message,  Dec.  2,  1823),  the  essential 
  feature  of  which  is  that  the  United  States  will  regard  as 
  an  unfriendly  act  any  attempt  on  the  part  of  European 
  powers  to  extend  their  systems  on  this  continent,  or  any 
  interference  to  oppress,  or  in  any  manner  control  the 
  destiny  of  governments  whose  independence  had  been 
  acknowledged  by  the  United  States. 
 
  Syn:  Precept;  tenet;  principle;  maxim;  dogma. 
 
  Usage:  --  {Doctrine},  {Precept}.  Doctrine  denotes  whatever  is 
  recommended  as  a  speculative  truth  to  the  belief  of 
  others  Precept  is  a  rule  down  to  be  obeyed.  Doctrine 
  supposes  a  teacher;  precept  supposes  a  superior,  with 
  a  right  to  command.  The  doctrines  of  the  Bible;  the 
  precepts  of  our  holy  religion. 
 
  Unpracticed  he  to  fawn  or  seek  for  power  By 
  doctrines  fashioned  to  the  varying  hour.  -- 
  Goldsmith. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  doctrine 
  n  :  a  belief  (or  system  of  beliefs)  accepted  as  authoritative  by 
  some  group  or  school  [syn:  {philosophy},  {school  of 
  thought},  {ism}] 




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