legalist

noun
le·​gal·​ist | \ ˈlē-gə-list How to pronounce legalist (audio) \

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

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Other Words from legalist

legalistic \ ˌlē-​gə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce legalistic (audio) \ adjective
legalistically \ ˌlē-​gə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce legalistically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of legalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And then there’s Miles Teller, an actor of some renown who has just proved himself as wily and cunning a legalist as there might be. Richard Lawson, Vanities, "Is Miles Teller His Own Best Lawyer?," 20 June 2017 And then there’s Miles Teller, an actor of some renown who has just proved himself as wily and cunning a legalist as there might be. Richard Lawson, Vanities, "Is Miles Teller His Own Best Lawyer?," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of legalist

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Legalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legalist. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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