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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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During the assessment phase, the doctrinal proponent conducts research to determine what doctrine is available on a given subject.
Understanding doctrinal publications is a critical requirement of being a military professional and a successful engineer commissioned officer, noncommissioned officer, or enlisted Soldier.
That's hundreds, thousands, of people talking about sexuality, and through that actively thinking about doctrinal issues.
One example is the recent discussions of the imago Dei, and whether the biblical and doctrinal traditions that support it are compatible with evolutionary theory and helpful to environmental concerns.
Seeing Doctrinal Indeterminacy as an Empirical Question.
issue (forty-two cases, with eighty citations); (2) doctrinal works that
Twomey's core argument is that strategists look through a doctrinal "lens" when assessing capabilities and intentions and that this weakens deterrence in two ways: the credibility of others' threats is discounted, because their doctrines are thought to be ineffective, and the others' signals are missed by the use of one's own doctrine as a template for indicators.
With the theme of "doctrinal authority in the church," the group has chosen a somewhat hot issue in ecumenical discourse.
In this he has been guided first by evidence internal to the whole of the text he is editing, then, when possible, on the witness of parallel passages from other closely related Old Javanese tattvas and tuturs, and in the case of listings of doctrinal elements, he has made use of relevant Sanskrit works.
Kretchik seeks to provide an overview of the US Army's dominant doctrinal publications and some of the individuals who shaped its operations from 1779 to 2008.
Political speeches have been lined with doctrinal instructions as an attempt to spark off sectarian conflicts and disputes.