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Meaning of CASUISTRY

Pronunciation:  'kazhooistree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  moral philosophy based on the application of general ethical principles to resolve moral dilemmas
  2. [n]  argumentation that is specious or excessively subtle and intended to be misleading

CASUISTRY is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: argumentation, ethics, line, line of reasoning, logical argument, moral philosophy, probabilism



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cas"u*ist*ry\, a.
1. The science or doctrine of dealing with cases of
   conscience, of resolving questions of right or wrong in
   conduct, or determining the lawfulness or unlawfulness of
   what a man may do by rules and principles drawn from the
   Scriptures, from the laws of society or the church, or
   from equity and natural reason; the application of general
   moral rules to particular cases.

         The consideration of these nice and puzzling
         question in the science of ethics has given rise, in
         modern times, to a particular department of it,
         distinguished by the title of casuistry. --Stewart.

         Casuistry in the science of cases (i.e., oblique
         deflections from the general rule).   --De Quincey.

2. Sophistical, equivocal, or false reasoning or teaching in
   regard to duties, obligations, and morals.

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