ca·​su·​ist·​ry | \ ˈkazh-wə-strē How to pronounce casuistry (audio) , 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

Examples of casuistry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But even those long familiar with spectacles of careerist expediency dressed up in faux-altruistic casuistry can only step back in awe when evidence of a new standard of cynical self-aggrandizement comes along. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2021 With his casuistry, Whitman seems intent on convincing himself, more than anyone, that this health regimen will work. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of casuistry

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Casuistry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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