Definition of legalism
1 : strict, literal, or excessive conformity to the law or to a religious or moral code the institutionalized legalism that restricts free choice
2 : a legal term or rule
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The denomination, which strictly follows Robert’s Rules of Order, seems to work out huge questions of culture and theology this way: through legalism.
In response, Boeing vice president Austell dismissed the Airbus position as a deceptive legalism.
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