American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Characterized by, belonging to, or concerning doctrine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to doctrine; consisting of or characterized by doctrine; relating or pertaining to fundamental belief or instruction: as, doctrinal theology; doctrinal soundness in religion, science, or politics; a doctrinal controversy.
- Serving for instruction or guidance; having the office or effect of teaching.
- n. Something that is a part of doctrine; a tenet or article of belief.
- adj. Of, relating to, involving, belonging to or concerning a doctrine.
- adj. obsolete Didactic.
- n. A matter of doctrine, or system of doctrines.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to, or containing, doctrine or something taught and to be believed.
- adj. Pertaining to, or having to do with, teaching.
- n. A matter of doctrine; also, a system of doctrines.
- adj. relating to or involving or preoccupied with doctrine
- French doctrinal. (Wiktionary)
“His seeming indifference to attempts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, his support for a constitutional amendment to deny birthright citizenship to children of illegal aliens, and his opposition to the Nafta and Cafta free trade agreements in the name of doctrinal purity are at odds with most libertarians.”
“It is whether you can get a great law teaching job these days professing no interest whatsoever in doctrinal elaboration, doctrinal reform, doctrinal justification or doctrinal history.”
“It is that which today we call doctrinal and institutional ecumenism.”
“The devil, as an unclean spirit, is working both in doctrinal errors (Rev.xvi. 13), and in practical debauchery (2 Pet.ii. 10); and in both these, ministers have a charge against him.”
“Abraham may be the original patriarch, but if anybody should be called the doctrinal founder of Judaism and its derivative religions, it is Moses.”
“I would like to now look at some of what we have termed the doctrinal recommendations proposed by the Panel.”
“There is a difference between teachings that a Catholic must believe, called doctrinal, and those issues which are up for debate, called prudential.”
“In Islam and some other religions, fundamentalism refers to doctrinal conservatism.”
“The most material things contained in the gospels, that is, the doctrinal parts, were his own words still from time to time, upon all occasions.”
“To Christians it means, over and above a mode of worship, a dogmatic (that is, a doctrinal) system; a great body of doctrinal truths, moral and spiritual.”
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