Noun(1) someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious
(1) He is a first-class rationalizer, a casuist of rare accomplishment, and a truly gifted procrastinator.(2) Yes, I don't totally think of myself as a casuist because those are people who are working with given rules, if you like.(3) Fenner excelled as a casuist examining cases of troubled conscience.(4) My impression of him as a witness was that he was an inveterate casuist to say the least, and at times I was in wholehearted agreement with the claimant's representative's suggestions during cross examination that he was a stranger to the truth.(5) The students seem drawn to its clarity and concreteness, and there is no shortage of casuistic questions concerning its intricacies.(6) When Narciso sees her and starts running away yet again, she rationalizes casuistically in her monologue that deception is permissible if it helps her win his love ├ö├ç├┐even just once.├ö├ç├û(7) 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.(8) This is pretty legalistic reasoning, which many people may - rightly or wrongly - consider casuistic to the point of silliness.(9) She thus tries to cover herself with a casuistic distinction that breaks down the moment you try to analyse what she means.(10) The appropriate response will not be found in a casuistic literature, or at least in a formalized casuistic approach.(11) But at least they would have been compelled to test their casuistical skills.(12) This moral dilemma, again, is addressed specifically by the casuists .(13) Eastern Orthodox bioethics is distinct from that of traditional Roman Catholicism in that medical morality is not governed by the casuistical application of a natural law known by all through discursive reason.(14) The ├ö├ç├┐caso├ö├ç├û of whether to inform the king when a family member has committed a crime is one that the Spanish casuists addressed specifically in the confessors' manuals.
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