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A legal rule, tenet, theory, or principle. A political policy.

Examples of common legal doctrines include the clean hands doctrine, the doctrine of false demonstration, and the doctrine of merger.

The Monroe Doctrine, enunciated by President James Monroe on December 2, 1823, was an American policy to consider any aggression by a European country against any western hemisphere country to be a hostile act toward the United States.

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The condonation doctrine absolves elected public officials of administrative liability for previous offenses when they are reelected into office.
It cited the SC's decision which stated that "this Court's (SC) abandonment of the condonation doctrine should be prospective in application for the reason that judicial decisions applying or interpreting the laws or the Constitution, until reversed, shall form part of the legal system of the Philippines."
Hence, Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor felt the need to explain that the doctrine had to be seen through the security lens and not be linked to domestic politics.
The issues packed into the doctrine could best be taken up with the democratic government.
The said provision of the Constitution provides: "[N]o doctrine or principle of law laid down by the court in a decision rendered en banc or in division may be modified or reversed except by the court sitting en banc."
During the implementation of future force capabilities, doctrine often flows from concepts.
Under the Doctrine 2015 initiative, the Army established a doctrine hierarchy by creating four tiers of publications:
As a result, the joint doctrine development process is being redesigned.
If you needed something to pass the time, the platoon sergeant had a foot locker of doctrine publications for you to read.
The decades-old doctrine requires mineral owners - considered the dominant estate - to accommodate the surface owner's existing use of the land if at all possible.
Doctrines are always vague; it would ruin a doctrine to define it because then it could be analyzed, tested, criticized, and verified; but nothing ought to be tolerated which cannot be so tested.
One of the topics discussed at the Army Training and Leader Development Conference was "living doctrine," which refers to doctrine that will be relevant, interactive, and accessible at the point of need via Web and mobile technology.