casuistic

casuistic

[kazh-oo-is-tik]
adjective
1.
pertaining to casuists or casuistry.
2.
oversubtle; intellectually dishonest; sophistical: casuistic distinctions.
Also, casuistical.


Origin:
1650–60; casuist + -ic

casuistically, adverb
noncasuistic, adjective
noncasuistical, adjective
noncasuistically, adverb
overcasuistic, adjective
overcasuistical, adjective
overcasuistically, adverb
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casuist (ˈkæzjʊɪst)
 
n
1.  a person, esp a theologian, who attempts to resolve moral dilemmas by the application of general rules and the careful distinction of special cases
2.  a person who is oversubtle in his or her analysis of fine distinctions; sophist
 
[C17: from French casuiste, from Spanish casuista, from Latin cāsuscase1]
 
casu'istic
 
adj
 
casu'istical
 
adj
 
casu'istically
 
adv

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casuistic
1649, "pertaining to casuistry," from casuist (see casuist).
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