Adjective "legalistic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Adhering excessively to law or formula.
  1. 'narrow legalistic definitions'
  2. 'The police often applied their own standards - rather than legalistic ones - in deciding whether to arrest boys.'
  3. 'The system was supposed to replace the box-ticking, legalistic approach that dogged predecessors with a more flexible approach based on high-level principles.'
  4. 'Money dues lent themselves more easily to negotiation in detail, and so encouraged a more legalistic attitude towards relations between lords and tenants.'
  5. 'Common phrasing is substituted for legalistic wording.'
  6. 'There is a need for an educational rather than legalistic policy on student access to the Internet.'
  7. 'Stage Five is the social-contract legalistic orientation: adults adopt an essentially utilitarian moral point of view'
  8. 'The Islamic legalistic notion of ijtihad is the historically accepted practice of reinterpreting the Qur'anic philosophy of human relations based on the political, educational, cultural, and economic norms of a specific era.'
  9. 'As we should expect, given the legalistic form of his ethical theory, Kant's political thought is jurisprudential.'


1. strict adherence, or the principle of strict adherence, to law or prescription, especially to the letter rather than the spirit.

2. Theology. the doctrine that salvation is gained through good works. the judging of conduct in terms of adherence to precise laws.

3. (initial capital letter) (in Chinese philosophy) the principles and practices of a school of political theorists advocating strict legal control over all activities, a system of rewards and punishments uniform for all class

More examples(as adjective)

"messes can be legalistic."

"obstructions can be legalistic."

"points can be legalistic."

"manners can be legalistic."

"hurdles can be legalistic."

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