- 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: casuist plush -ry
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noun pl. ca·su·ist·ries
- 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: From casuist.