casuistry

Part of speech: noun

The determination of duty in doubtful cases.

Part of speech: noun

Sophistical reasoning.

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Usage examples "casuistry":

  1. It is sheer meddling, and no casuistry can fitly give it any other name. - "Recollections of Europe", J. Fenimore Cooper.
  2. But she raised her face when she ended, and, when the light fell upon that, he forgot all casuistry. - "Running Sands", Reginald Wright Kauffman.
  3. The degree to which paternal corrections can be carried without abuse, and the problem whether a man who kills a person, whom he believes and has reason to believe to be his father, but who is not so in fact, is guilty or not of the sin of parricide, seem rather questions for clerical casuistry than considerations which bear upon facts. - "Rome in 1860", Edward Dicey.