Saturday, July 14, 2012

Word of the Day: Casuistry

I was having a bi*** of a time trying to remember this word.  The desire to have it at hand has been recurring at least once a week for many months.  Google has been no help until today when I finally found it via

They define it as "overgeneral reasoning," by the way.  I swear I looked for it there before under every synonym on that list.  Today I found it under 'equivocation'.  I probably looked for it under 'equivocate'; there may not be a verb form.  I know I looked for it under 'sophistry' and 'sophism'.

I don't like what The Free Dictionary and have become.


T. F. Stern said...

That one word may define how the Supreme Court is able to determine each and every ruling.

T. F. Stern said...

I used your "word" in an article as a way of honoring you my friend.

Al said...

Hey, thank you! I appreciate that. I'll go check that out.

Asterisk said...

Wikipedia is a better source; it accurately describes casuistry as case-based reasoning, which is the very basis of common-law jurisprudence, and the antithesis of "overgeneral" reasoning.