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See also: Legalism
legalism (plural legalisms)
- 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.
- (religion) A belief that salvation is attained or maintained by adherence to the requirements of moral law; salvation by works rather than by faith alone.
- A legal axiom, term or rule.
focusing on text instead of intent
legal axiom, term or rule