Legalistic meaning

Of a person, following the letter of the law.

He's very legalistic, so let's hope the law is just and merciful as well as strict.

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Of a person, tending to resort to the law, as one who sues frequently.

His legalistic tendencies irritated his neighbors, especially since they had to defend themselves against his frivolous suits.

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Practicing or characterized by legalism.

She was legalistic in her observation of religious rules and traditions.

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