from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person inflexibly attached to a practice or theory without regard to its practicality.
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a person inflexibly attached to a practice or theory. See Synonyms at dictatorial.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who stubbornly holds to his or her philosophy or opinion regardless of its feasibility.
- adj. stubbornly holding on to an idea without concern for practicalities or reality.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who would apply to political or other practical concerns the abstract doctrines or the theories of his own philosophical system; a propounder of a new set of opinions; a dogmatic theorist. Used also adjectively.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who theorizes without a sufficient regard to practical considerations; a political theorist; an ideologist; one who undertakes to explain things by one narrow theory or group of theories, leaving out of view all other forces at work.
- n. In French history, during the period of the Restoration (1815-30) and later, one of a class of politicians and political philosophers who desired a constitution constructed on historical principles, especially after the analogy of the British constitution.
- Characteristic of a doctrinaire or unpractical theorist; merely theoretical; insisting upon the exclusive importance of a one-sided theory.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. stubbornly insistent on theory without regard for practicality or suitability
- n. a stubborn person of arbitrary or arrogant opinions
French, from doctrine, doctrine, from Old French; see doctrine.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)