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casuistry

Syllabification: cas·u·ist·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈkaZHəwəstrē
 
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Definition of casuistry in English:

noun

1The use of clever but unsound reasoning, especially in relation to moral questions; sophistry.
Example sentences
  • It speaks on its own accord, barking out those cheap casuistries and cliches that you use like so many crutches.
  • He seems to confuse good governance with ‘political bullying’, and should take lessons in casuistry from someone.
  • No doubt it may be said that this is mere casuistry and does not meet the objection that a person who has or believes he has a good defence may still feel under pressure to plead guilty.
Synonyms
1.1The resolving of moral problems by the application of theoretical rules to particular instances.
Example sentences
  • Impartial rule theory, casuistry, and virtue ethics are all consistent with rather than rivals of a principle-based account when it is properly conceived.
  • The historical origins of double effect as a tenet of Catholic casuistry might provide a similar explanation for the unity of its applications.
  • The power of casuistry derives not from the application of maxims or the calculation of debts but from the responsive appreciation of other people's thinking; for Maurice, this is to say that it relies on guides and exemplars.

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