legalism

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noun le·gal·ism \ˈlē-gə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of legalism

  1. 1 :  strict, literal, or excessive conformity to the law or to a religious or moral code the institutionalized legalism that restricts free choice

  2. 2 :  a legal term or rule

1871

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1871


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