legalism

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legal +‎ -ism

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legalism (plural legalisms)

  1. 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.
  2. A legal axiom; a statement couched as a proverb expressing a rule of law.

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