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Definition a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
  • She argues that the action is protected under the separation-of-powers doctrine that is fundamental to the US Constitution.
doctrine = principle
  • The Monroe Doctrine helped to limit European influence in South America.
  • doctrine = an authoritative principle
  • She challenges accepted doctrine.
  • doctrine = beliefs and principles
  • While filming Groundhog Day, he said that according to Buddhist doctrine, it takes 10,000 years for a soul to evolve to its next level.
  • doctrine = a system of beliefs accepted as authoritative by some group
  • She was an early critic of the separate-but-equal doctrine.
  • doctrine = principle
  • A clash of doctrines is not a disaster—it is an opportunity.
    Alfred North Whitehead
  • Say what men may, it is doctrine that moves the world. He who takes no position will not sway the human intellect.
    William Thayer Shedd
  • ...during the previous period, there had been the splintering of the Catholic Church, not, as with previous schisms, largely along political control of the papacy, but along doctrinal lines between Roman Catholic and Protestant theologies.
    Age of Enlightenment - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • Indeed, perhaps no more should be asked of a philosophical doctrine than that it function well in the circumstances in which it is used and help get a job done.
    James W. Ceaser  --  Toward a New Public Philosophy  --,filter.all/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • They called his policy the Bush Doctrine; though implementation was far from clear.
  • Administration, leadership and doctrine are usually decided democratically by the lay members of each individual church, which accounts for the variation of beliefs from one Baptist church to another.
    Baptist - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • We have heard of the impious doctrine in the Old World, that the people were made for kings, not kings for the people.
    Madison, James  --  Federalist Papers Authored by James Madison
  • Roman Catholics believe that Jesus' role in the Church includes an ongoing active role in maintaining the Church free from doctrinal error, and ...
    Roman Catholic Church - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
    H. L. Mencken
  • doctrine = commonly accepted belief
  • The Rehnquist Court, to its credit, has crafted federalism doctrines to curb this tendency.
    Michael S. Greve  --  How to Think about Constitutional Change, Part II  --,pubID.22942/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • Within Christianity, there are numerous distinct traditions, denominations, and church bodies, many with various doctrinal differences related to culture and place.
    Christianity - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • Dialogue has shown that even where the break with one of these ancient Churches occurred as far back as the Councils of Ephesus (431) and Chalcedon (451), long before the break with Constantinople (1054), the few doctrinal differences often concern terminology, not substance.
    Roman Catholic Church - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • Living apart and at peace with myself, I came to realize more vividly the meaning of the doctrine of acceptance. To refrain from giving advice, to refrain from meddling in the affairs of others, to refrain, even though the motives be the highest, from tampering with another's way of life - so simple, yet so difficult for an active spirit.
    Henry Miller
  • Any doctrine that will not bear investigation is not a fit tenant for the mind of an honest man.
    Robert Ingersoll
  • I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person.

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