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A particular system of principles taught or advocated.
[L. doceo, to teach]
A theory or posit widely accepted by leading authorities in a particular field


A theory or posit widely accepted by leading authorities in a particular field. See Assumption-of-risk doctrine, Borrowed servant doctrine, Captain-of-the-ship doctrine, De minimus doctrine, Emergency doctrine, Feres doctrine, Humoral doctrine, Hypothesis, Lost-opportunity doctrine, Posit, Therapeutic privilege.


(dok'trin) [Fr. doctrine, fr L. doctrina, teaching]
A system of principles taught or advocated.

borrowed servant doctrine

The legal doctrine, a form of vicarious liability, that a patient care supervisor (e.g., an attending physician who oversees the work of a resident physician) may be held responsible for the negligent acts of a subordinate. See: Captain of the Ship doctrine ; vicarious liability

Captain of the Ship doctrine

The legal doctrine, a form of vicarious liability, that the legal responsibility for errors in a medical setting falls on the most highly trained or senior health care provider present at the time. This doctrine has been used to hold attending physicians or surgeons responsible for the negligent acts of the surgical or anesthesia team. See: borrowed servant doctrine; vicarious liability

learned intermediary doctrine

The legal doctrine that a pharmaceutical manufacturer need only advise or warn physicians, and not the public at large, of the potential hazards of the drugs it produces. Under this doctrine physicians act as agents for the public when they prescribe medications. Their education and clinical experience help them decide when to use a medication and when, because of safety concerns, to avoid its use. Exceptions to the doctrine are illustrated by direct-to-consumer drug advertising (e.g., on television or the Internet) in which pharmaceutical companies present their products directly to patients without the physician acting as intermediary. Synonym: learned intermediary rule
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For now, the point is a simple one: even assuming there are some matters, problems, questions, or controversies that are so entirely "private" that the public authority could not conceivably have an appropriately secular interest in addressing them, we should not conclude too quickly that disputes involving or about religious doctrine are among them.
Ms Hussein said: "We want it to come from religious doctrine that women are involved in their local mosque because a mosque is a place of religious worship.
In fact, there is some truth to the notion that devout or conservative Christians are the "real" Christians, given that cultural Christians are more likely to urge restraint in interpreting religious doctrine.
facility founded by a former policeman, which was designed to highlight the religious doctrine, raises fundamental questions.
Many students who receive vouchers will inevitably attend sectarian schools, which are free to teach religion, to discriminate on religious grounds in admissions and even claim a right to fire teachers based on adherence to religious doctrine.
I believe it is important to let the court know that people of faith have different views on same-sex marriage, and to remind the judges that we live in a pluralistic society where you don't impose sectarian religious doctrines by law to limit the freedom of people who don't share those beliefs," Chu told Church & State.
And still others place religious doctrine above personal responsibility.
The reliance on such groups has prompted opponents to question whether state law should hinge on religious doctrine.
In the name of God and religious doctrine it seeks to prevent further gains by women and roll back some already secured.
The group added that the bill runs afoul of church-state separation because it relies on one particular religious doctrine in declaring that life begins at the moment of fertilization.
It is possible that the high profile of the religious right and its irrational extremism has led people to reflect upon the saliency of religious doctrine in their daily lives.
Fights over religious doctrine, such as the quality of a pastor and what is espoused, will always be left to the church to decide.