Definitions for casuistryˈkæʒ u ə stri
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
cas•u•ist•ryˈkæʒ u ə stri(n.)(pl.)-ries.
oversubtle, fallacious, or dishonest reasoning; sophistry.
the application of general ethical principles to particular cases of conscience or conduct.
Origin of casuistry:
argumentation that is specious or excessively subtle and intended to be misleading
moral philosophy based on the application of general ethical principles to resolve moral dilemmas
The process of answering practical questions via interpretation of rules or cases that illustrate such rules, especially in ethics.
A specious argument designed to defend an action or feeling.
Origin: . First recorded use in 1725.
the science or doctrine of dealing with cases of conscience, of resolving questions of right or wrong in conduct, or determining the lawfulness or unlawfulness of what a man may do by rules and principles drawn from the Scriptures, from the laws of society or the church, or from equity and natural reason; the application of general moral rules to particular cases
sophistical, equivocal, or false reasoning or teaching in regard to duties, obligations, and morals
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A method of ETHICAL ANALYSIS that emphasizes practical problem solving through examining individual cases that are considered to be representative; sometimes used to denote specious argument or rationalization. Differentiate from casuistics, which is the recording and study of cases and disease.