What does casuistry mean?

casuistry in AZ Dictionary

(n) Specious or extremely subdued reasoning intended to rationalize or mislead.
(n) The dedication of correct and incorrect in questions of conduct or conscience by analyzing cases that illustrate basic honest guidelines.
(n) The process of responding to practical questions via explanation of rules or situations that illustrate these types of principles, particularly in ethics.
(a) The technology or doctrine of coping with instances of conscience, of fixing questions of right or wrong in conduct, or identifying the lawfulness or unlawfulness of what a man can do by guidelines and axioms attracted from the Scriptures, from the legislation of community or even the church, or from equity and normal explanation; the application of basic moral rules to particular instances.
(a) Sophistical, equivocal, or untrue reasoning or teaching regarding tasks, responsibilities, and morals.

Related Sources

  • Sentence for "casuistry"
  • Synonym for "casuistry"
    • prevarication, rationalization, excuse, legalism, casuistics
  • Hypernym for "casuistry"
    • argument, line of reasoning, logical argument, argumentation, line
  • Same Context for "casuistry"
    • deontology, utilitarianism, sophistry, plead, chicane
150 votes

How would you define casuistry?

All the definitions on AZdictionary were written by people just like you. Now's your chance to add your own!