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casuistry (ˈkæzjʊɪstrɪ Pronunciation for casuistry



(plural) -ries
  1. (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
  2. reasoning that is specious, misleading, or oversubtle


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= sophistry, chicanery, equivocation, speciousness, sophism, oversubtleness

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.
Independent (1998)
If this looks like the casuistry of a trimming and worldly churchman, there were of course other sides to him.
Adam Nicolson 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.
Spiked (2003)


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