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Definitions of casuistry

  1. argumentation that is specious or excessively subtle and intended to be misleading Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. moral philosophy based on the application of general ethical principles to resolve moral dilemmas Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Science dealing with questions of right or wrong in conduct; false reasoning as to morals. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. The doctrine of cases of conscience. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. The determination of duty in doubtful cases. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. Sophistical reasoning. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. The science which professes to determine the lawfulness or unlawfulness of particular acts by rules derived from some accepted standard of right. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. The science or system of rules that undertakes to decide in matters of conscience as to what is lawful or unlawful; the art of quibbling; the art of drawing fine distinctions. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. Sophistical, equivocal, or false reasoning or teaching in regard to duties, obligations, and morals. Webster Dictionary DB

Usage examples for casuistry

  1. But it would be little less than a crime to involve the simple soul of Tim Gorman in the maze of two separate kinds of casuistry – Gossamer 1915 by George A. Birmingham
  2. That inherited casuistry of temperament, which had confused the pleasant with the true for generations, had become in her less a moral conviction than a fixed quality of soul. – Virginia by Ellen Glasgow
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