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
- 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.
- To play the part of a casuist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious
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)