legalist


le·gal·ist

noun \-list\

Definition of LEGALIST

1
:  an advocate or adherent of moral legalism
2
:  one that views things from a legal standpoint; especially :  one that places primary emphasis on legal principles or on the formal structure of governmental institutions
le·gal·is·tic \ˌlē-gə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective
le·gal·is·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

First Known Use of LEGALIST

1646

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