casuistry

noun
ca·su·ist·ry | \ ˈkazh-wə-strē , ˈka-zhə- \
plural casuistries

Definition of casuistry 

1 : a resolving of specific cases of conscience, duty, or conduct through interpretation of ethical principles or religious doctrine

2 : specious argument : rationalization

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The process used to attempt the single most significant congressional promise, repealing and replacing Obamacare, was an embarrassing jumble of ineptitude, casuistry, irregularity, and abnormality. Norm Ornstein, The Atlantic, "American Kakistocracy," 9 Oct. 2017 With his casuistry, Whitman seems intent on convincing himself, more than anyone, that this health regimen will work. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, "Lessons on Male Insecurity (and Indigestion) from Walt Whitman’s Men’s-Health Column," 21 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of casuistry

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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