Here's a theoretical: if someone has to save a life and has two equally easy options, both of which violate halacha, one d'oraita and one d'rabbanan. Should he choose the d'oraita or the d'rabbanan?

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At least with regards to hilchos Shabbos, you should choose the derabannan.

See שמירת שבת כהלכתה לב:כז-כח*, who writes that if there is no difference in speed or quality of care, that one should choose to do a rabbinically prohibited action, instead of one that is Biblically prohibited.

I don't know if this is Shabbos-specific, or if this rule applies universally.

* Second edition, red cover


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