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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.


noun belief, canon, credendum, credo, creed, dogma, formulated belief, gospel, maxim, philosophy, precept, principle, professed belief, rule, system, system of belief, teaching, teachings, tenet, univerral principle
Associated concepts: added risk doctrine, avoidable conseeuences doctrine, beneficial consideration doctrine, collateral source doctrine, cy pres doctrine, de facto doctrine, doctrine of abstention, doctrine of assumed risk, doctrine of avoidable consequences, doctrine of last clear chance, doctrine of recrimination, doctrine of relation back, doccrine of res judicata, doctrine of subrogation, doctrine of the law of the case, doctrine of unclean hands, doctrine of unjust enrichment, emergency doctrine, exclusive connrol doctrine, exhaustion of remedies doctrine, humanitarran doctrine, imminent peril doctrine, last clear chance, main purpose doctrine, res ipsa loquitur doctrine, rescue doctrine
See also: belief, codification, concept, conviction, directive, discipline, dogma, idea, persuasion, platform, policy, precept, prescription, principle, rule, theory, thesis
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doctrines that focus not on religious doctrine, but on the contracting
Nusra did not follow through with holding the sessions, while the Raqqa Rebel Brigade did not adhere to the religious doctrines of Nusra," the Observatory said.
18) Nevertheless, just as Smith and Lemon continue to depict the general contours of the Court's approach to Free Exercise and Establishment Clause law, respectively, the hands-off approach accurately describes the Court's general attitude toward resolving questions of religious doctrine.
81) In reviewing this controversy, the Supreme Court recognized that the First Amendment "requires that civil courts defer to the resolution of issues of religious doctrine or polity by the highest court of a hierarchical church organization.
Any religious doctrine that has multiplicity as its basis and its end is an atheistical creed by nature.
And last night Cllr Paul Clein, Liverpool's executive member for education, branded the theory as little more than religious doctrine dressed up as a scientific theory
A fatwa is an authoritative legal opinion under Islamic law on a point of religious doctrine.
The mood of this 40-minute work is described as uplifting and celebratory and, reflecting Todd's wide tastes in jazz, its hybrid style, incorporating everything from ballad to gospel and beyond, "might be described as religious doctrine meets funk
Does a religious doctrine that halls Jesus as the original anti-Semite and rejects the Old Testament on the grounds that it is "too Jewish" even qualify as Christianity?
Interwoven into this story that neatly blends the magical and horrific with the realistic and mundane are compelling themes about free will; about the power of media, political theory and religious doctrine to shape thought; and about the danger and difficulty of trying to take control.
would violate the first amendment in much the same manner as civil determination of religious doctrine.
It approaches the subject from four perspectives: an international human rights perspective aiming to strengthen women's rights; a national law perspective that deals with remedies/issues in individual countries; a grass-roots perspective that looks to non-legal remedies; and a theological and philosophical perspective that offers alternatives to fundamentalist interpretations of religious doctrine.