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 Dictionary entry overview: What does school of thought mean? 

  The noun SCHOOL OF THOUGHT has 1 sense:

1. a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school

  Familiarity information: SCHOOL OF THOUGHT used as a noun is very rare.

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A belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school

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Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


doctrine; ism; philosophical system; philosophy; school of thought

Hypernyms ("school of thought" is a kind of...):

belief (any cognitive content held as true)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "school of thought"):

millennium ((New Testament) in Revelations it is foretold that those faithful to Jesus will reign with Jesus over the earth for a thousand years; the meaning of these words have been much debated; some denominations (e.g. Jehovah's Witnesses) expect it to be a thousand years of justice and peace and happiness)

egalitarianism; equalitarianism (the doctrine of the equality of mankind and the desirability of political and economic and social equality)

humanism; humanitarianism (the doctrine that people's duty is to promote human welfare)

humanism; secular humanism (the doctrine emphasizing a person's capacity for self-realization through reason; rejects religion and the supernatural)

reformism (a doctrine of reform)

freethinking; rationalism (the doctrine that reason is the right basis for regulating conduct)

presentism (the doctrine that the Scripture prophecies of the Apocalypse (as in the Book of Revelations) are presently in the course of being fulfilled)

populism (the political doctrine that supports the rights and powers of the common people in their struggle with the privileged elite)

pluralism (the doctrine that reality consists of several basic substances or elements)

pacificism; pacifism; passivism (the doctrine that all violence in unjustifiable)

nihilism (a revolutionary doctrine that advocates destruction of the social system for its own sake)

nationalism (the doctrine that nations should act independently (rather than collectively) to attain their goals)

nationalism (the doctrine that your national culture and interests are superior to any other)

multiculturalism (the doctrine that several different cultures (rather than one national culture) can coexist peacefully and equitably in a single country)

feminism (a doctrine that advocates equal rights for women)

reincarnationism (a doctrine that on the death of the body the soul migrates to or is born again in another body)

church doctrine; creed; gospel; religious doctrine (the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group)

prescriptivism ((ethics) a doctrine holding that moral statements prescribe appropriate attitudes and behavior)

prescriptivism ((linguistics) a doctrine supporting or promoting prescriptive linguistics)

descriptivism ((ethics) a doctrine holding that moral statements have a truth value)

descriptivism ((linguistics) a doctrine supporting or promoting descriptive linguistics)

utilitarianism (doctrine that the useful is the good; especially as elaborated by Jeremy Bentham and James Mill; the aim was said to be the greatest happiness for the greatest number)

theological doctrine (the doctrine of a religious group)

commandment; precept; teaching (a doctrine that is taught)

states' rights (a doctrine that federal powers should be curtailed and returned to the individual states)

philosophical doctrine; philosophical theory (a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy)

phenomenology (a philosophical doctrine proposed by Edmund Husserl based on the study of human experience in which considerations of objective reality are not taken into account)

secularism (a doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations)

secessionism (a doctrine that maintains the right of secession)

monism (the doctrine that reality consists of a single basic substance or element)

democracy; majority rule (the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group)

literalism (the doctrine of realistic (literal) portrayal in art or literature)

dualism (the doctrine that reality consists of two basic opposing elements, often taken to be mind and matter (or mind and body), or good and evil)

dogma (a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative)

divine right; divine right of kings (the doctrine that kings derive their right to rule directly from God and are not accountable to their subjects; rebellion is the worst of political crimes)

credo; creed (any system of principles or beliefs)

creationism (the literal belief in the account of creation given in the Book of Genesis)

asceticism (the doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures it is possible to achieve a high spiritual or intellectual state)

antiestablishmentarianism; antiestablishmentism (the doctrine of opposition to the social and political establishment)

animism (the doctrine that all natural objects and the universe itself have souls)

animalism (the doctrine that human beings are purely animal in nature and lacking a spiritual nature)

amoralism (the doctrine that moral distinctions are invalid)

absolutism (the doctrine of an absolute being)

abolitionism (the doctrine that calls for the abolition of slavery)

Cabalism; Kabbalism (the doctrines of the Kabbalah)

dynamism (any of the various theories or doctrines or philosophical systems that attempt to explain the phenomena of the universe in terms of some immanent force or energy)

epicureanism (a doctrine of hedonism that was defended by several ancient Greek philosophers)

irredentism; irridentism (the doctrine that irredenta should be controlled by the country to which they are ethnically or historically related)

unilateralism (the doctrine that nations should conduct their foreign affairs individualistically without the advice or involvement of other nations)

internationalism (the doctrine that nations should cooperate because their common interests are more important than their differences)

individualism; laissez faire (the doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs)

imitation (the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations)

gymnosophy (the doctrine of a sect of Hindu philosophers who practiced nudity and asceticism and meditation)

gospel (a doctrine that is believed to be of great importance)

Girondism (the doctrine of the Girondists)

functionalism (any doctrine that stresses utility or purpose)

formalism (the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is what should be represented)

expansionism (the doctrine of expanding the territory or the economic influence of a country)

ethicism (a doctrine that ethics and ethical ideas are valid and important)

establishmentarianism; establishmentism (the doctrine of supporting the social or political establishment)

nuclear deterrence (the military doctrine that an enemy will be deterred from using nuclear weapons as long as he can be destroyed as a consequence)

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