Casuistry 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Casuistry in the science of cases (i.e., oblique deflections from the general rule). --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

2. Sophistical, equivocal, or false reasoning or teaching in regard to duties, obligations, and morals. [1913 Webster] ||

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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