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Line breaks: doc|tri¦nal
Pronunciation: /dɒkˈtrʌɪn(ə)l

Definition of doctrinal in English:


Concerned with a doctrine or doctrines: doctrinal disputes
More example sentences
  • ‘It is not for a secular newspaper to comment on the doctrinal disputes of any religious faith’.
  • This is not simply a doctrinal dispute over what name God is to be called, it is a dispute of who God actually is.
  • The errors needed correcting, and besides, this was no time for doctrinal disputes!


late Middle English: from late Latin doctrinalis, from doctrina 'teaching, learning' (see doctrine).



Example sentences
  • That is where a different way of thinking, less doctrinally liberal, less fundamentalist and more pluralist, is required.
  • His work has advanced the church on a course that was institutionally and doctrinally unimaginable even forty years ago.
  • Still, various groups differ in their understanding of what specific texts have been explicitly or doctrinally judged as constituting Scripture.

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