Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (kăzh′o͞o-ĭs′tĭk) also ca·su·is·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
Of or relating to casuists or casuistry.

ca′su·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.casuistical - of or relating to or practicing casuistry; "overly subtle casuistic reasoning"
2.casuistical - of or relating to the use of ethical principles to resolve moral problems
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Real cases, on the other hand, are more likely to display the sort of moral complexity and untidiness that demand the (non-deductive) weighing and balancing of competing moral considerations and the casuistical virtues of discernment and practical judgment (phronesis)."[5]
In describing the development of the commission's guidelines, one member notes that although the eleven commissioners had different ethical, religious, and professional orientations, "so long as the Commission stayed on the taxonomic or casuistical level, they usually agreed in their practical conclusions."[18]
Our view has been that a careful analysis and specification of principles is consistent with a wide variety of types of ethical theory, including virtue theory and some accounts that came to recent prominence after we wrote the book, such as communitarian theories, casuistical theories, the ethics of care, etc.
Its worst failing may be its enormous reluctance to question the conventional ends and goals of medicine, thereby running a constant risk of simply legitimating, by way of ethical tinkering and casuistical fussiness, the way things are.
In The Abuse of Casuistry, Jonsen and Toulmin attempt to make this method more explicit, connect it to the historical tradition of casuistical reasoning in moral theology, and show how it might be fruitfully applied to contemporary moral controversies.
Some know that the truth is being stretched by medical record practitioners, who are defining diagnoses with "casuistical hairsplitting."(38)
He switched off the casuistical wireless, drew the curtains, took ergot and lay in the candour of the dark.
Indeed, one could even argue that this "moral theology," marked by a morality of obligation under the influence of Nominalism and driven by the (low) casuistical approach of the manuals, is the quintessential artifact created by the "modern" Catholic Church.
This could almost serve as a textbook definition for an early modern casuistical notion called the doctrine of equivocation.
Starr's Defoe and Casuistry (1971) argues that the importance of the casuistical tradition in reading Defoe has to do with the way its partitioning of moral experience into discrete "cases" bears significantly upon the author's construction of novelistic perspective: "The continuity of each character's struggle breaks down into a sequence of local crises, each somewhat isolated from those that precede and follow it, and I think we can regard such plotting (or nonplotting) as the expression of a casuistical conception of life without implying that it is peculiar to casuistry, or that it is Defoe's only mode of analyzing experience" (x).
However, this limited conception is 'casuistical', merely 'safe-guarding good conscience' to the detriment of a larger context (Bernasconi 2008, p.
According to Chiragh 'Ali, the political and social reforms that he explained in the first and second parts of the book were neither casuistical deductions, nor fortuitous interpretations, nor analogical constructions of the Qur'an.