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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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Characteristic also of the temper of the Socratic enquiry is, (4) the proposal to discuss the teachableness of virtue under an hypothesis, after the manner of the mathematicians; and (5) the repetition of the favourite doctrine which occurs so frequently in the earlier and more Socratic Dialogues, and gives a colour to all of them--that mankind only desire evil through ignorance; (6) the experiment of eliciting from the slave-boy the mathematical truth which is latent in him, and (7) the remark that he is all the better for knowing his ignorance.
They are no longer allowed to have a divine insight, but, though acknowledged to have been clever men and good speakers, are denounced as 'blind leaders of the blind.' The doctrine of the immortality of the soul is also carried further, being made the foundation not only of a theory of knowledge, but of a doctrine of rewards and punishments.
The main character of the Dialogue is Socrates; but to the 'general definitions' of Socrates is added the Platonic doctrine of reminiscence.
This is that ancient doctrine of Nemesis, who keeps watch in the universe and lets no offence go unchastised.
The absolute balance of Give and Take, the doctrine that every thing has its price,--and if that price is not paid, not that thing but something else is obtained, and that it is impossible to get any thing without its price,--is not less sublime in the columns of a leger than in the budgets of states, in the laws of light and darkness, in all the action and reaction of nature.
But the doctrine of compensation is not the doctrine of indifferency.
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.
While much has been written about specific military doctrines, this volume represents an attempt to define and characterize the form of military doctrine as a generic object.
The interaction between the application of the economic substance doctrine (and related penalties) and the application of other judicial doctrines, such as substance over form or step transaction, should be considered before seeking a DFO's approval.
This Note examines the various legal doctrines in the United States governing groundwater and determines that, whether for or against water marketing, states should affirmatively address the policy issues presented by the potential of marketing by updating their laws so that they can deal with the new paradigm of high-value groundwater in a thirsty age.
New Delhi, Feb 9(ANI): In a major step towards enhancing joint fighting capabilities, Indian Armed Forces on Tuesday promulgated three joint operational doctrines.
In attempting to understand the step transaction doctrine, it is important to recognize that the following overlapping, and sometimes indistinguishable, doctrines can also be applied to any given set of facts: (1) the tax avoidance doctrine (transaction primarily intended to reduce taxes rather than to achieve nontax business or personal objectives); (2) the substance-over-form doctrine (transaction has minimal, if any, nontax consequences); and (3) the business purpose doctrine (transaction has no business purpose).