1. of or relating to the use of ethical principles to resolve moral problems
  2. of or relating to or practicing casuistry
    overly subtle casuistic reasoning
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How To Use casuistic In A Sentence

  • Deans, even in this extremity of suffering, had he known that his daughter was applying the casuistical arguments which he had been using, not in the sense of a permission to follow her own opinion on a dubious and disputed point of controversy, but rather as an encouragement to transgress one of those divine commandments which The Heart of Mid-Lothian
  • A cast of secondary characters make their entrances and exits: an oddball aviator, an intransigent prisoner, a casuistical priest. Intellectual Intrigue in Mexico City
  • But at least they would have been compelled to test their casuistical skills.
  • The appropriate response will not be found in a casuistic literature, or at least in a formalized casuistic approach.
  • You can adduce further cases, I'm sure, of scenes in novels that fit a casuistical model, in which characters convince themselves that their behavior does conform to their obligations or, if not, that it deviates in a principled fashion.
  • The idea that this is all a response to the post 9/11 policies, with all their corkscrew-like bends, is casuistic, to put it mildly. Who is to run our foreign policy?
  • Quaint, naive, half-grotesque it was in conception, yet the truth of all drama was there actively exhibited, and all casuistic pleading of excuses of some sort, even of justification for the witch (that it was her nature; heredity in her aworking, etc., etc.) would have not only been out of place, but hotly resented by that audience. Robert Louis Stevenson: a record, an estimate, and a memorial
  • The casuistical tradition, described in (Jonsen & Toulmin, 1988), stressed the importance to our reasoning about whether a problematic cases of the skill of ordering similarity relations. Moral Reasoning
  • The students seem drawn to its clarity and concreteness, and there is no shortage of casuistic questions concerning its intricacies.
  • Logical arguments have attacked war since the dawn of time, yet war has always had its casuistic defenders. Making Real Peace with the Spirit of John F. Kennedy
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