Legalism meaning

lē'gə-lĭz'əm
A philosophy of focusing on the text of written law to the exclusion of the intent of law, elevating strict adherence to law over justice, mercy, grace and common sense.
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The doctrine of salvation by good works.
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Overly strict or rigid adherence to the law or to a religious or moral code.
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A legal term or expression, especially one that is unnecessarily technical.
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Strict, often too strict and literal, adherence to law or to a code.
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A legal axiom; a statement couched as a proverb expressing a rule of law.
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Origin of legalism

  • legal +"Ž -ism
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