casuistry :

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  • n  argumentation that is specious or excessively subtle and intended to be misleading
  • n  moral philosophy based on the application of general ethical principles to resolve moral dilemmas

  • In seeking to counsel such persons, I have found myself resorting to all sorts of casuistry and rationalization in the hope that I might keep faith both with Your Holiness and with .
  • But that involved a good deal of fancy footwork and casuistry.
  • CCTV wouldn't be CCTV without fakement, casuistry and effrontery.

  • Christopher Hitchens in Raw Story
    I apply the Abraham Lincoln test for moral casuistry: 'If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.' Well, then, if waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture,Hitchens wrote after enduring the procedure.

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