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pertaining to casuists or casuistry.
oversubtle; intellectually dishonest; sophistical:
casuistic distinctions.
Historical Examples

These last are perhaps to be regarded as casuistic discussions like those which play such a large part in Jewish tradition.
The Literature and History of New Testament Times J. Gresham (John Gresham) Machen

This is the position of the casuistic mystic moralist and not of the man who sees only the visible world.
Robert Louis Stevenson Alexander H. Japp

In fact the casuistic Elihu casts no light whatever on the situation.
Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway

The Jansenists, however, endeavored to meet the Papal condemnation with casuistic subtlety.
The War Upon Religion Rev. Francis A. Cunningham

If that despotic and casuistic recluse could have known what my heart and soul are like, she would have advised you differently.
The Bride of the Nile, Complete Georg Ebers

I was sure of Alisanda’s constancy, and yet did not know what pressure their casuistic minds might bring to bear against her will.
A Volunteer with Pike Robert Ames Bennet

But the concession can only be made for the sake of casuistic argument.
Report of the Committee Appointed to Investigate the Railroad Riots in July, 1877 Various

The theory, casuistic and subtle, appealed momentarily to a society that had no theories at all.
Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern Edgar Saltus

A casuistic proceeding was necessary as well as a firm union of the bishops as pillars of the Church.
History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7) Adolph Harnack

It could not be discussed without that admixture of legality and ethics which delights a casuistic intellect.
The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3) John Morley


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