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legalism

Definition:

strict conformity to the letter of the law rather than its spirit

Class:

cognition noun (cognitive processes and contents)

Plural:

legalisms

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

legal + -ism
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

legalism | legalist [derived]

strict adherence to the law, especially the stressing of the letter of the law rather than its spirit (18 of 280 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/legalism

Wikipedia:

Legalism [disambiguation]

may refer to: In philosophy: Legalism (Chinese philosophy), Chinese political philosophy based on the idea that a highly efficient and powerful government is the key to social order | Legalism (Western philosophy), a concept in Western jurisprudence |... (36 of 111 words, 4 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Legalism

Random House Dictionary:

legalism | Legalism [sense-specific]

strict adherence, or the principle of strict adherence, to law or prescription, especially to the letter rather than the spirit. | [theology] ; the ... (23 of 86 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/legalism

Oxford Dictionary:

legalism | legalist [derived] | legalistic [derived] | legalistically [derived]

excessive adherence to law or formula | [theology] : adherence to moral law rather than to personal religious faith (18 of 63 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/legalism

Macmillan British Dictionary:

legalism | legalisms [plural]

[uncountable] the fact that someone obeys the laws in a very strict and exact way | [countable] a word or phrase used in law (23 of 46 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/legalism

Wiktionary:

legalism | legalisms [plural] | antinomianism [antonym, sense-specific]

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. | A legal axiom; a statement couched as a proverb expressing a rule of law. (44 of 45 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/legalism

Merriam-Webster:

legalism

strict, literal, or excessive conformity to the law or to a religious or moral code | a legal term or rule (20 of 40 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/legalism

American Heritage Dictionary:

legalism | legalist [noun, related] | legalistic [adjective, related] | legalistically [adverb, related]

Strict, literal adherence to the law or to a particular code, as of religion or morality. | A legal word, expression, or rule. (22 of 29 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/legalism

New World Dictionary:

legalism | legalist [noun, related] | legalistic [adjective, related] | legalistically [adverb, related]

strict, often too strict and literal, adherence to law or to a code | [theology] the doctrine of salvation by good works (21 of 27 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/legalism

Cambridge Dictionary:

conformity

behaviour that follows the usual standards which are expected by a group or society (14 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/conformity

Encarta Dictionary:

legalism | legalisms [plural] | legalist [noun, derived] | legalistic [adjective, derived] | legalistically [adverb, derived]

strict adherence to a literal interpretation of a law, rule, or religious or moral code | a word or phrase in legal jargon (22 of 55 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861696046​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

legalism | legalisms [plural]

Origin: legal + -ism

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/legalism

legal

Origin: Latin lēgālis ("legal"), from lēx ("law").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/legal

-ism

Origin: Ultimately from either Ancient Greek -ισμός (-ismos), a suffix that forms abstract nouns of action, state, condition, doctrine; from stem of verbs in -ίζειν (-izein) (whence English -ize), or from the related... (32 of 47 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ism

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

legalism

Audio: British English pronunciation of "legalism"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/legalism

Macmillan British Dictionary:

legalism | legalisms [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "legalism"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/legalism

Macmillan American Dictionary:

legalism | legalisms [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "legalism"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/legalism

the Free Dictionary:

legalism

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "legalism"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "legalism"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "legalism" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/legalism

Google Dictionary:

legalism | legalisms [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "legalism"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

legalism

Audio: North American pronunciation of "legalism"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=legali​01 word=legalism

YourDictionary Audio:

legalism

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "legalism" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/legalism

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