from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of a person, following the letter of the law.
- adj. Of a person, tending to resort to the law, as one who sues frequently.
- adj. Practicing or characterized by legalism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to legalism or to legalists.
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But to any freedom-loving Ethiopian or any other reasonable human being, the "pardon" is nothing more than the reveries of a self-absorbed megalomaniac garbed in legalistic hokum.
One wonders if Catholics are particularly drawn to the law, believing as they do in legalistic systems which claim absolute truth.
But the Republicans followed Jefferson's instructions and refused to indulge in legalistic quibbling.
This might have been the only legally mandated procedure, but it could—and would—be characterized as a legalistic maneuver to shop for a selectively favorable outcome.
An education bill containing a sentence of more than 500 words that almost fills a page, has been described as legalistic, lengthy and confusing by the South African Democratic Teachers Union
We who object are regarded as 'legalistic' and "judgemental".
It slams "legalistic" religions, denominations and doctrines.
I do not see any point in examining the Jewish Israeli/Muslim Arab conflict in narrow "legalistic" terms.
JEREMY: At least we know she has the right kind of legalistic mind.
But I think the term has been generalized outward from there, to cover a lot more than that kind of legalistic claim.