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le·gal·ism

 (lē′gə-lĭz′əm)
n.
1. Overly strict or rigid adherence to the law or to a religious or moral code.
2. A legal term or expression, especially one that is unnecessarily technical.

le′gal·ist n.
le′gal·is′tic adj.
le′gal·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
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legalistic

(ˌliːɡəˈlɪstɪk)
adj
(Law) of, relating to, or exhibiting strict adherence to the law, esp to the letter of the law rather than its spirit
ˌlegalˈistically adv
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legalistic

[ˌliːgəˈlɪstɪk] ADJlegalista
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legalistic

adjlegalistisch
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[ˌliːgəˈlɪstɪk] adjlegalista
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