Last modified on 24 October 2018, at 11:55


The term doctrine refers to a principle, or set of closely related principles, used in government, law or religion that governs an issue and requires a result, or explicit formulation, in a dogmatic (authoritarian) manner.

In government, doctrines typically apply to foreign relations, as in the Monroe Doctrine or Bush Doctrine.

In law, doctrines typically develop through application of several judicial decisions as precedent.

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