What does the word doctrine mean?

Usage examples for doctrine

  1. And come he did; but the manner of his coming was so extraordinary, that I have believed in the doctrine of a special providence ever since; for as Craig said, 'If he had come straight from Heaven I could not have been more surprised. – Black Rock by Ralph Connor
  2. I found in my case that that was everything and doctrine almost nothing. – Life's Little Ironies A set of tales with some colloquial sketches entitled A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy
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