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Meaning of Doctrine

A rule or principle of law developed as contained in decisions of the courts.

Synonyms of Doctrine


  • belief
  • canon
  • credendum
  • credo
  • creed
  • dogma
  • formulated belief
  • gospel
  • maxim
  • orthodoxy
  • philosophy
  • precept
  • principle
  • professed belief
  • rule
  • system
  • system of belief
  • teaching
  • teachings
  • tenet
  • universal principle
  • Associated Concepts: added risk doctrine
  • avoidable consequences doctrine
  • beneficial consideration doctrine
  • collateral source doctrine
  • cy pres doctrine
  • de facto doctrine
  • doctrine of abstention
  • doctrine of assumed risk
  • doctrine of avoidable consequences
  • doctrine of last clear chance
  • doctrine of recrimination
  • doctrine of relation back
  • doctrineofresjudicata
  • doctrine of subrogation
  • doctrine of the law of the case
  • doctrine of unclean hands
  • doctrine of unjust enrichment
  • emergency doctrine
  • exclusive control doctrine
  • exhaustion of remedies doctrine
  • humanitarian doctrine
  • imminent peril doctrine
  • last clear chance
  • main purpose doctrine
  • res ipsa loquitur doctrine
  • rescue doctrine

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Acceleration, Estoppel by Acquiescence, Advocate, Alter Ego, Apparent, Assumption Of Risk, Attainder, Attractive Nuisance Doctrine, Cash Equivalency, Chiro, Chiropractic, Church, Clear View Doctrine, Clog On Equity Of Redemption, Collateral Estoppel, Collateral Order Doctrine, Commercial Frustration, Common Employment, Common Fund, Comparative Negligence, Comparative Rectitude, Constitution, Constructive Trust, Cy-prés, Dogma, Ecclesiastical Law, Emblements, Equitable Adoption, Equitable Conversion, Equitable Mortgage, Estoppel, Facts Of Independent Significance, Fairness Doctrine, Fruits Of The Poisonous Tree, Frustration, Incorporation By Reference, Internal Law, Intervening Agency, Intervening Right, Inverse Condemnation, Inverse Order Of Alienation, Invitee, Judicial Estoppel, Justiciability, Laches, Last Chance, Last Clear Chance, Law Of The Case, Lost Grant, Marshaling, Merger, Mutuality Of Estoppel, Odd Lot Doctrine, Plain View Doctrine, Pre-emption, Precedent, Presumption Of Innocence, Presumption Of Survivorship, Promissory Estoppel, Recovery, Recrimination, Doctrine Of Relation, Religion, Renvoi, Rescue, Resulting Trust, Scintilla Doctrine, Scrivener's Rule, Seaworthiness, Set-off, Sovereign Immunity, Stare Decisis, Strict Liability, Tacking, Totten Trust, True Man Doctrine, Trust For Sale.

Doctrine in the law of the United States

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See Also

Exclusionary Rule (in the U.S. Legal Encyclopedia) Precedence (in the U.S. Legal Encyclopedia) Preferred Position Doctrine (in the U.S. Legal Encyclopedia).

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  • Article Name: Doctrine
  • Author: Asian Law
  • Description:

    A rule or principle of law developed as contained in decisions of the courts.

This entry was last modified: July 23, 2014

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