- 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
- reasoning that is specious, misleading, or oversubtle
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cas•u•is•try /ˈkæʒuɪstri/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Philosophyreasoning that is deliberately too clever.
cas•u•ist•ry (kazh′o̅o̅ ə strē),USA pronunciation n., pl. -ries.
- Philosophyspecious, deceptive, or oversubtle reasoning, esp. in questions of morality;
fallacious or dishonest application of general principles;
- Philosophythe application of general ethical principles to particular cases of conscience or conduct.
- casuist + -ry 1715–25
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casuistry /ˈkæzjʊɪstrɪ/ n ( pl -ries)
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