Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A doctrine, principle, or position held as part of a philosophy, religion, or field of endeavor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Any opinion, principle, dogma, or doctrine which a person, school, or sect holds or maintains as true.
  • noun Synonyms Precept. Dogma, etc. See doctrine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Any opinion, principle, dogma, belief, or doctrine, which a person holds or maintains as true.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An opinion, belief, or principle held to be true by someone or especially an organization.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without proof

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably from Medieval Latin, from Latin, third person sing. present indicative of tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.

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Latin tenet ("he holds"), from teneō ("hold; have")

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