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 (jĕzh′o͞o-ĭt, jĕz′o͞o-, -yo͞o-)
1. Roman Catholic Church A member of the Society of Jesus.
2. often jesuit One given to subtle casuistry.

[French Jésuite, from Jésus, Jesus, from Late Latin Iēsus; see Jesus1.]

Jes′u·it′i·cal adj.
Jes′u·it′i·cal·ly adv.
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If in her answer to Queen Caroline Jeanie does not literally "lie," she Jesuitically evades imminent catastrophe by carnivalesquely construing the one word, "friends."(31) At least in this instance, we see a Jeanie who is not simply a static protagonist in an adventure-time chronotope; she is a character seemingly in the process of "becoming" and learning from the Ratcliffe model, but whether she can continue to see the alternatives inherent in the moment remains uncertain.
I think he is claiming that morality permits one to pursue and achieve nefarious goals through Jesuitically clever means, and that because morality does so, it cannot be reduced to a few basic principles that can be theoretically systematized.