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DISSIMULATION

The act of concealing one's mind or real intention, an act that is morally permissible for a proportionally good purpose. Since secrets are to be kept, their preservation may at times require dissimulation, but of course never deception.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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