Doctrinaire Definition

dŏktrə-nâr
adjective
Stubbornly adhering to a doctrine or theory.
Webster's New World

Stubbornly holding on to an idea without concern for practicalities or reality.

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noun
A doctrinaire person.
American Heritage
A person who dogmatically seeks to apply theories regardless of the practical problems involved.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Doctrinaire

Noun

Singular:
doctrinaire
Plural:
doctrinaires

Origin of Doctrinaire

  • Borrowing from French doctrinaire, from doctrine + -aire.

    From Wiktionary

  • French from doctrine doctrine from Old French doctrine

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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