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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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Yet in explaining how to distinguish the "voice of legal reason" from "idiosyncratic preference," (65) Judge Wilkinson does not sound like the kind of legalist that Judge Posner criticizes for overemphasizing the determinacy of conventional legal materials.
According to our reading of Han Feizi, however, the Legalist ruler need not be morally perfect in reality.
By contending that sanctions are generic to the definition of crime, legalists discourage the possibility of viewing crime from very different points of view and limit the definitions of crime to those established by the current occupants of the houses of political power.
A confident legalist, without doubts about law's autonomy, might readily admit that politics motivated Roberts.
In addition, it was predicted that religious legalists would also score high on defensive faith and just-world thinking.
The Legalists thinkers, unlike those of others schools, were only interested in the most effective methods to increase and maintain the power of the state.
Muslims knew that there were tens of thousands of fabricated traditions in the 8th and 9th centuries during the ideological battles between the legalists and other parties in the Islamic empire.
133) The Legalists cited this example to illustrate the importance of
He likens liberal legalists with the 17th century profit-hunting legal merchants and warns that colonialism is not yet over.
the Legalists and, as a result, the Chinese embraced compromise" as