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A specialist in law.

[Middle English legiste, from Old French, from Medieval Latin lēgista, from Latin lēx, lēg-, law; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]


(Professions) a person versed in the law
[C15: from Medieval Latin lēgista, from lēx law]


(ˈli dʒɪst)

an expert in law, esp. ancient law.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin lēgista. See legal, -ist]


a person who is skilled or well versed in law.
See also: Law


[ˈliːdʒɪst] Nlegista mf
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I am pleased that a legist of your learning and authority should have pronounced such an opinion.
The Rulers and ruled alike are governed by the sharia, as interpreted and applied by the learned scholars of Islam, the ulama, and the legists, the fuqaha.
Competition, variation in the market conditions, governmental procedures, legists, and other factors are obvious samples of environmental factors [6].
In its plea, the Forum of Indian Legists, an association of lawyers, said the varsity is going to make lakhs of students "guinea pigs" of the new education system.
Clio at the Bar: A Guide to Historical Method for Legists and Jurists, 83 MINN.
In favour of Ijtihad, Jamal ad-Din said that the great legists and scholars of the past broadened their understanding of the Qur'an's meaning, but they could not fully grasp all Qur'an's secrets.
Politicians and legists showed the parliament as the addressee to solve the matter concerning the national will that has been blocked by the judiciary.
By the seventeenth century, most legists were in the employ of the government, and the professors and author-jurists who held out had to function within a diminishing 'moral community' created by the financial and material dependence of their less independent peers on the ruling powers" (p.
It is interesting to note that one strain of the critique launched against Villey's claims about Ockham points towards the separation of substance and procedure as a factor in the ascendency of the subjective right: in writings as early as those of the Legists, the understanding of actio was starting to change.
Public representatives are elected by the public on the hope that they would implement legists in the highest interest of state.
As some legists have noted but despair of any action being taken, Ahmadinejad ought to be indicted for incitement to genocide, crimes against humanity for persecution of Bahai'is and other minorities, complicity in human rights violations, and pursuit of atomic weapons--all in violation of the UN Charter, its treaties, and international law.