noun ep·i·ei·keia \ˌepēˌīˈkīə\
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Definition of epieikeia



  1. :  interpretation of a law of the Roman Catholic Church that presumes it not applicable in a case of hardship felt to violate natural law (as when a mother presumes she may miss mass rather than leave her baby alone) :  equity the epieikeia of the church

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Origin and Etymology of epieikeia

Greek epieikeia reasonableness, equity, from epieikēs suitable, reasonable + -ia -y

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to cast off or become cast off

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