- The definition of casuistry is the use of morals or beliefs in decisions of right and wrong in order to reach or rationalize a solution.
An example of casuistry is a Buddhist believing that something bad is happening to him because the universe is balancing his karmic debt.
- the application of general principles of ethics to specific problems of right and wrong in conduct, in order to solve or clarify them
- subtle but misleading or false reasoning; sophistry, often, specif., about moral issues
Origin of casuistrycasuist + -ry
- Specious or excessively subtle reasoning intended to rationalize or mislead.
- The determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by analyzing cases that illustrate general ethical rules.
Origin of casuistryFrom casuist.
(countable and uncountable, plural casuistries)
From casuist + -ry. First recorded use in 1725.