casuistry









casuistry


noun, plural cas·u·ist·ries.

  1. specious, deceptive, or oversubtle reasoning, especially in questions of morality; fallacious or dishonest application of general principles; sophistry.
  2. the application of general ethical principles to particular cases of conscience or conduct.

noun 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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