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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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(7) If one cumulates those figures over many years and many courts, it is apparent that an immense number of decisions are legalistically indeterminate; and among them, as I have said, are the decisions that have made the law what it is today.
But we need to realize that, when we invoke this distinction, we are thinking legalistically. We are distinguishing between two kinds of strategic attitude--the kind that breaks the rules and the kind that doesn't.
detention and interrogation policy itself is, and throughout the misguided war on terror has been, hostage to politically motivated lawyers--military and civilian--behaving badly at the behest of legalistically minded political tacticians.
The club may not be legalistically liable to pay the debts or the interest on the debt, but it may do so anyway
Ironically, in response to possession and exorcism, moderate clergy played a significant role, not by challenging the epistemological framework that allowed for the possibility of demonic intervention, but by arguing legalistically for other possibilities, such as insanity.
(26.) Under common usage, a lapse is what occurs after the policy has "run out of steam." Legalistically, however, a lapse is defined as "a default in premiums before a policy has a nonforfeiture value." L.
Anything that fails to cause "organ failure" does not meet the standard by which they have legalistically maneuvered to place their acts above the law by situating them within the law.
While quick to parrot the same tired arguments for why we should legalistically and with blind faith follow the heavily robed priests of old school academia, the May 10 editorial continues to suppress the very inquisitiveness that helps us evolve into bright people.
Since there's no specific requirement to set forth the core values of a corporation, legalistically oriented minds no doubt will prevail at some companies and suppress their publication.
As Rich J said in Dalziel, the language of s 51 (xxxi) 'is not restricted to acquisition by particular methods'; 259 Deane and Gaudron JJ too, in Mutual Pools, warned against the term acquisition being 'pedantically or legalistically restricted'.
But as I think about it, that's just the problem: that legalistically speaking, an ad like the one for "Chili's baby-back ribs" is not criminal--yet it really ought to be.