Pronunciation: (dok'trin), [key]
1. a particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated, as of a religion or government: Catholic doctrines; the Monroe Doctrine.
2. something that is taught; teachings collectively: religious doctrine.
3. a body or system of teachings relating to a particular subject: the doctrine of the Catholic Church.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.