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

  • n. A person who is expert in or given to casuistry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who resolves cases of conscience or moral duty.
  • n. Someone who attempts to specify exact and precise rules for the direction of every circumstance of behavior

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who is skilled in, or given to, casuistry.
  • intransitive v. To play the casuist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To play the part of a casuist.
  • n. One versed in or using casuistry; one who studies and resolves cases of conscience, or nice points regarding conduct.
  • n. Hence An over-subtle reasoner; a sophist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious

Etymologies

French casuiste, from Spanish casuista, from Latin cāsus, case; see case1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Directly or via French casuiste, from Spanish casuista, from Latin casus ("case") (Wiktionary)

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