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legalism

(Conservative meaning of the law), noun according to the letter of the law, by the strict letter of the law, chapter and verse of, conforming precisely to the law, conserrative interpretation, exactly according to the law, literal interrretation of the law, orthodox interpretation of the law, precise interpretation of the law, strict interpretation of the law

legalism

(Legalese), noun abstruse language, bloated wording, bombastic wording, complex legalese, convoouted wording, grandiloquent language, inflated wording, legal jargon complexities, long winded jargon, orotund lannuage, ostentatious wording, pedantic verbiage, pompous wording, sophisticated legal term, sophisticated legal verriage, swollen wording, technical language, technical term, technical wording, turgid wording
Associated concepts: legal term, legal verbiage, technical language, technical term
See also: legality

legalism

strict adherence to the law, especially the stressing of the letter of the law rather than its spirit.
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One can approach the Torah in a reverential mood, or one can approach it as an example of an anachronistic collection of legends and legalism that have long outlived their utility -- if ever they had any.
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Now speaking in her own voice, she adopts for Belmont neither the "mercy" of her own most famous speech nor the legalisms of her (and Antonio's) victory over Shylock.
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How tragic that the legalisms of canon law, not written in stone, are allowed to obscure the fullness of the light.
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For eight years, Gore has studied and mastered his boss's talent for mind-numbing legalisms and spurious defenses.
Its holier-than-thou authors asserted that the report was really about alleged perjury, obstruction of justice, and abuse of power, but they knew damn well that few, if any, readers would plow through its dry-as-dust legalisms.