- (philosophy) the resolution of particular moral dilemmas, esp those arising from conflicting general
moral rules, by careful distinction of the cases to which these rules apply
- reasoning that is specious, misleading, or oversubtle
Example Sentences Including 'casuistry'
If this be the case, then his declaration `I have never had sexual relations with that woman "has the ring of truth as well as casuistry.
If this looks like the casuistry of a trimming and worldly churchman, there were of course other sides to him.
GOD'S SECRETARIES: The Making of the King James Bible
No casuistry can explain or justify September 11, but the American people could have been spared a number of avoidable shocks.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
Tempting as it is to accuse this mufti of casuistry , or simply of going Talibananas, he does have a point.
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