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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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Griggs subjects the history of Egyptian Christianity perhaps too stringently and thus all too predictably to his theory: the struggle between a doctrinally conservative, native, loosely organized Christianity against a doctrinally innovative, foreign, and more stringently structured Catholic Christianity, a struggle leading almost inevitably to separation.
Doctrinally, in Field Manual 7-15, The Army Universal Task List, the conduct of a RIP is:
* Plans engineering support correctly and doctrinally;
And although today's younger Catholics are less well schooled doctrinally than their counterparts at midcentury, those same Catholics absorb from the liturgy a sense of Catholic sacramentality and the worldview it underwrites.
Women charged with heresy frequently face accusations of being sexually as well as doctrinally deviant.
Now, to be doctrinally opposed to censorship just isn't as easy as it used to be, nor does it make as much sense.
So when these arrive, our Marines already know how to use and operate this doctrinally, he told reporters.
That the Apocrypha are doctrinally false (according to Reformers) is, for W., sufficient to exclude them from his OT theology (38).
The OCs also provided doctrinally correct tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) to increase the training unit's ability to execute their missions.
That is why our people, by and large, are anemic both scripturally and doctrinally. They are well fed in the body and blood of Christ, but that is not the only diet to which the faithful have been summoned, and therefore the responsibility for not feeding them adequately on the Word of God is not their fault, although they will make it difficult to feed them otherwise.
In some RCIA programs the candidates never hear the "hard teachings." Take a case in point: in one large parish in the Toronto archdiocese, the doctrinally qualified RCIA director was summarily dismissed from her position mid-year.