The Monroe doctrine
doctrine doc"trine (d[o^]k"tr[i^]n), n. [F. doctrine, L. doctrina, fr. doctor. See {Doctor}.] 1. Teaching; instruction. [1913 Webster]

He taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, Hearken. -- Mark iv. 2. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Articles of faith and doctrine. -- Hooker. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

Unpracticed he to fawn or seek for power By doctrines fashioned to the varying hour. -- Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • (the) Monroe Doctrine — the Monroe Doctrine UK [ˌmʌnrəʊ ˈdɒktrɪn] US [mənˌtoʊ ˈdɑktrən] Etymology From US president James Monroe, whose government established the principle in 1823. the political principle that the US government will consider it an unfriendly action for …   Useful english dictionary

  • the Monroe Doctrine — UK [ˌmʌnrəʊ ˈdɒktrɪn] / US [mənˌroʊ ˈdɑktrən] the political principle that the US government will consider it an unfriendly action for a European government to deliberately become involved in the politics of any North American or South American… …   English dictionary

  • Theodore Roosevelt: Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine — ▪ Primary Source              In 1902 Germany, Italy, and England blockaded the coast of Venezuela in an effort to collect debts that it had refused to pay. President Roosevelt, concerned about the presence of Europeans in the vicinity of the… …   Universalium

  • Theodore Roosevelt: The Monroe Doctrine and the National Honor — ▪ Primary Source              A dispute between England and Venezuela over the boundary of British Guiana (now Guyana) became the concern of the United States in 1895 when the Venezuelan ambassador to the U.S. requested its intervention.… …   Universalium

  • James Monroe: The Monroe Doctrine — ▪ Primary Source        The Monroe Doctrine, in Monroe s handwriting, 1823 The Granger Collection, New York City       The Monroe Doctrine comprised some general remarks on foreign policy that President James Monroe included in his annual message …   Universalium

  • James K. Polk: Reaffirmation of the Monroe Doctrine — ▪ Primary Source       In his message to Congress of December 2, 1845, President Polk reinterpreted the Monroe Doctrine in terms of the prevailing spirit of Manifest Destiny. Whereas Monroe had said only that the Western Hemisphere was no longer… …   Universalium

  • Monroe Doctrine — U.S. President James Monroe. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, author of the Monroe Doctrine …   Wikipedia

  • Monroe Doctrine — U.S. Hist. the policy, as stated by President Monroe in 1823, that the U.S. opposed further European colonization of and interference with independent nations in the Western Hemisphere. * * * U.S. foreign policy statement first enunciated by Pres …   Universalium

  • Monroe Doctrine — (1823)    A sphere of influence statement enunciated by and named for James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States, in his annual message of 1823. The statement was occasioned by encroachments by Russia in the northwest of North America …   Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800–1914

  • Monroe Doctrine — n. the doctrine, essentially stated by President Monroe in a message to Congress (Dec., 1823), that the U.S. would regard as an unfriendly act any attempt by a European nation to interfere in the affairs of the American countries or increase its… …   English World dictionary

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