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doctrinaire (ˌdɒktrɪˈnɛə Pronunciation for doctrinaire



  1. stubbornly insistent on the observation of the niceties of a theory, esp without regard to practicality, suitability, etc
  2. theoretical; impractical


  1. a person who stubbornly attempts to apply a theory without regard to practical difficulties

Derived Forms

ˌdoctriˈnairism, ˌdoctriˈnarism noun
ˌdoctriˈnarian noun

Example Sentences Including 'doctrinaire'

But, he argued, Jelinek's world view was ``exceedingly narrow and doctrinaire ' and she politicised everything.
The Australian (2004)
It made Labour appear more partisan and unacceptably doctrinaire than Mrs Thatcher.
Hirst, Paul After Thatcher
Some Torontonians loathe him because he is seen as typifying a certain cast of doctrinaire politics.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The danger is for doctrinaire positions to be adopted on both sides.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The government's protectionist agenda is similarly doctrinaire , and assumes that more regulation will make people safer.
Spiked (2003)
`It's only the doctrinaire competition headbangers who keep yammering on about this," the Bar spokesman says.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)


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