casuistry

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Specious or excessively subtle reasoning intended to rationalize or mislead.
  • n. The determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by analyzing cases that illustrate general ethical rules.

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The word 'casuistry' comes from 'casuist', and ultimately from a Latin word meaning 'case'.