1. That which comes without design or without being foreseen; contingency.
Losses that befall them by mere casualty.
Sir W. Raleigh.
2. Any injury of the body from accident; hence, death, or other misfortune, occasioned by an accident; as,
an unhappy casualty.
3. pl. (Mil. & Naval) Numerical loss caused by death, wounds, discharge, or desertion.
Casualty ward, A ward in a hospital devoted to the treatment of injuries received by accident.
Syn. Accident; contingency; fortuity; misfortune.
(||Cas`u*a*ri"na) n. [NL., supposed to be named from the resemblance of the twigs to the
feathers of the cassowary, of the genus Casuarius.] (Bot.) A genus of leafless trees or shrubs, with
drooping branchlets of a rushlike appearance, mostly natives of Australia. Some of them are large, producing
hard and heavy timber of excellent quality, called beefwood from its color.
(Cas"u*ist) n. [L. casus fall, case; cf. F. casuiste. See Casual.] One who is skilled in, or
given to, casuistry.
The judment of any casuist or learned divine concerning the state of a man's soul, is not sufficient to
give him confidence.
(Cas"u*ist), v. i. To play the casuist. Milton.
(Cas`u*is"tic Cas`u*is"tic*al) a. Of or pertaining to casuists or casuistry.
1. The science or doctrine of dealing with cases of conscience, of resolving questions of right or wrong
in conduct, or determining the lawfulness or unlawfulness of what a man may do by rules and principles
drawn from the Scriptures, from the laws of society or the church, or from equity and natural reason; the
application of general moral rules to particular cases.
The consideration of these nice and puzzling question in the science of ethics has given rise, in modern
times, to a particular department of it, distinguished by the title of casuistry.
Casuistry in the science of cases (i.e., oblique deflections from the general rule).
2. Sophistical, equivocal, or false reasoning or teaching in regard to duties, obligations, and morals.
Casus belli, an event or combination of events which is a cause war, or may be alleged as a justification
of war. Casus fortuitus, an accident against which due prudence could not have provided. See
Act of God, under Act. Casus omissus, a case not provided for by the statute.
(||Ca"sus) n. [L.] An event; an occurrence; an occasion; a combination of circumstances; a case; an
act of God. See the Note under Accident.
(Cat) n. [AS. cat; akin to D. & Dan. kat, Sw. katt, Icel. köttr, G. katze, kater, Ir. cat, W. cath,
Armor. kaz, LL. catus, Bisc. catua, NGr. ga`ta, ga`tos, Russ. & Pol. kot, Turk. kedi, Ar. qitt; of
unknown origin. Cf. Kitten.]
1. (Zoöl.) An animal of various species of the genera Felis and Lynx. The domestic cat is Felis domestica.
The European wild cat (Felis catus) is much larger than the domestic cat. In the United States the name
wild cat is commonly applied to the bay lynx (Lynx rufus) See Wild cat, and Tiger cat.
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