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legalism

strict adherence to the law, esp the stressing of the letter of the law rather than its spirit
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The debate about independence presupposes that legalistic decisions are socially beneficial, always or at least on average.
Political constitutionalism is distinguished from legalistic constitutionalism (and popular constitutionalism) not chiefly on the grounds of who is doing the talking but on the grounds of what kind of instrument the Constitution is.
In my view, the best way to defuse conflict is to resolve it slowly but methodically with a legalistic approach, postpone oil exploration until maritime delimitation has been negotiated, and shelve indefinitely the disputes over sovereignty to all those tiny, unimportant islands.
Legalistic doctrines such as plain meaning and stare decisis enable judges to economize on their time and effort; to minimize controversy with other branches of government by appearing to play a modest, technical, "professional" role (in the sense in which members of professions seek deference from the laity on the basis of their real or pretended specialized knowledge); and to provide a product--reasonably predictable law--that is socially valued and therefore justifies the judges' privileges.
One cannot go back to the portrayal of Judaism as arid, sterile, and narrowly legalistic.
Agreement conveys a spirit of cooperation, whereas contract sounds legalistic and adversarial.
Previous Russian complaints about the British Council focused on tax and legalistic issues, but were seen by many as reflecting growing tension between London and Moscow as well as Russian suspicion that Western groups aim to stir up discontent.
For example, strictly religious people knew that to forgive someone seven times upheld the law; Jesus taught that to follow Him meant living in a spirit of constant forgiveness, not legalistic counting.
The legalistic terms "Establishment Clause" and "Free Exercise Clause" sound obscure to most people.
Assembly Bill 1381 is law, period, and no legalistic nitpicking is going to change that.
Moreover, since many Chinese associate Mao with Qin Shi Huangdi in politico-legalistic ruthlessness, it would be interesting to delve into the Legalistic Qin Era.
When they say you've got 12 million people who have broken the laws--forget about whatever sympathies about how people got here or why they got here--and the government is turning an eye away from it, that raises a question for people who buy into this strictly legalistic interpretation--this "amnesty" raises issues.