Casuistry meaning

kăzh'o͝o-ĭ-strē
The determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by analyzing cases that illustrate general ethical rules.
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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.

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Specious or excessively subtle reasoning intended to rationalize or mislead.
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Subtle but misleading or false reasoning; sophistry, often, specif., about moral issues.
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(pejorative) A specious argument designed to defend an action or feeling.
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The application of general principles of ethics to specific problems of right and wrong in conduct, in order to solve or clarify them.
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The process of answering practical questions via interpretation of rules or cases that illustrate such rules, especially in ethics.
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Origin of casuistry

  • From casuist
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From casuist +‎ -ry. First recorded use in 1725.
    From Wiktionary