casuistry

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈkæzjuɪstri/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈkæʒuɪstri/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(kazho̅o̅ ə strē)

Inflections of 'casuistry' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": casuistries

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
cas•u•is•try /ˈkæʒuɪstri/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Philosophyreasoning that is deliberately too clever.
cas•u•ist, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
cas•u•ist•ry  (kazho̅o̅ ə strē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ries. 
  1. Philosophyspecious, deceptive, or oversubtle reasoning, esp. in questions of morality;
    fallacious or dishonest application of general principles;
    sophistry.
  2. Philosophythe application of general ethical principles to particular cases of conscience or conduct.
  • casuist + -ry 1715–25

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
casuistry /ˈkæzjʊɪstrɪ/ n ( pl -ries)
  1. the resolution of particular moral dilemmas, esp those arising from conflicting general moral rules, by careful distinction of the cases to which these rules apply
  2. reasoning that is specious, misleading, or oversubtle
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