teaching, body of instruction, precept; principle, tenet, dogma, article of faith, canon, conviction, creed, belief, credo, opinion, idea, concept, theory, proposition, thesis, postulate:
Few believe the doctrine that all men are created equal.
Catholic, Islamic, etc. | economic, legal, political, religious | revolutionary | classical, conventional, established, orthodox, traditional | high
He expounded traditional Calvinism with its high doctrine of church order (= its doctrine that church order is very important).
| old | prevailing | central, essential | general | false, untenable | influential
communities divided on points of doctrine
an influential body of doctrine
VERB + DOCTRINE
advocate, expound, preach, proclaim, teach | defend | develop, establish, formulate, produce | accept, adhere to, adopt, be committed to, believe (in), embrace, subscribe to, support, uphold
They were all committed to the doctrine of social equality.
| abandon, condemn, oppose, reject, undermine
She rejected the traditional Christian doctrines.
| apply, invoke | reconcile
Thompson reconciled the doctrine of heat with that of mechanics in 1851.
DOCTRINE + VERB
advocate sth | allow sth
Their doctrine allows the use of violence.
The Church welcomed all who were considered sound in doctrine.
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