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 for Doctrine
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  doctrine \doc"trine\ (d[o^]k"tr[i^]n), n. [F. doctrine, L.
     doctrina, fr. doctor. See Doctor.]
     1. Teaching; instruction.
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              He taught them many things by parables, and said
              unto them in his doctrine, Hearken.   -- Mark iv. 2.
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     2. That which is taught; what is held, put forth as true, and
        supported by a teacher, a school, or a sect; a principle
        or position, or the body of principles, in any branch of
        knowledge; any tenet or dogma; a principle of faith; as,
        the doctrine of atoms; the doctrine of chances. "The
        doctrine of gravitation." --I. Watts.
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              Articles of faith and doctrine.       -- Hooker.
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     The Monroe doctrine (Politics), a policy enunciated by
        President Monroe (Message, Dec. 2, 1823), the essential
        feature of which is that the United States will regard as
        an unfriendly act any attempt on the part of European
        powers to extend their systems on this continent, or any
        interference to oppress, or in any manner control the
        destiny of, governments whose independence had been
        acknowledged by the United States.
     Syn: Precept; tenet; principle; maxim; dogma.
     Usage: -- Doctrine, Precept. Doctrine denotes whatever is
            recommended as a speculative truth to the belief of
            others. Precept is a rule down to be obeyed. Doctrine
            supposes a teacher; precept supposes a superior, with
            a right to command. The doctrines of the Bible; the
            precepts of our holy religion.
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                  Unpracticed he to fawn or seek for power
                  By doctrines fashioned to the varying hour. --
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative
           by some group or school [syn: doctrine, philosophy,
           philosophical system, school of thought, ism]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  38 Moby Thesaurus words for "doctrine":
     Athanasian Creed, Catechism, Nicene Creed, a belief,
     article of faith, articles of faith, articles of religion, axiom,
     basic, belief, canon, concept, conviction, credenda, credo, creed,
     dogma, faith, fundamental, idea, instruction, maxim, opinion,
     orthodoxy, postulate, precept, principle, proposition, religion,
     religious belief, religious faith, system of beliefs, teaching,
     tenet, theology, theory, thesis, tradition

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