noun, plural casuistries.
specious, deceptive, or oversubtle reasoning, especially in questions of morality; fallacious or dishonest application of general principles; sophistry.
the application of general ethical principles to particular cases of conscience or conduct.

1715–25; casuist + -ry Unabridged
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casuistry (ˈkæzjʊɪstrɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  philosophy the resolution of particular moral dilemmas, esp those arising from conflicting general moral rules, by careful distinction of the cases to which these rules apply
2.  reasoning that is specious, misleading, or oversubtle

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1725, from casuist (q.v.).
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Example sentences
Alas, nothing in this barrel of casuistry holds water.
Casuistry takes a relentlessly practical approach to morality.
Critics of casuistry focus on its specious argumentation as intentionally misleading.
They argue that the abuse of casuistry is the problem, not casuistry itself.
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