- Casuistry Cas"u*ist*ry, a.
1. The science or doctrine of dealing with cases of
conscience, of resolving questions of right or wrong in
conduct, or determining the lawfulness or unlawfulness of
what a man may do by rules and principles drawn from the
Scriptures, from the laws of society or the church, or
from equity and natural reason; the application of general
moral rules to particular cases.
The consideration of these nice and puzzling question in the science of ethics has given rise, in modern times, to a particular department of it, distinguished by the title of casuistry. --Stewart. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.