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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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However, such candidate, men or women, after entering seminary or nunnery gradually loses this godgiven instinct, the salinity of life and becomes hard-hearted, selfcentered, legalistic and conservative.
Under plausible conditions, an independent judge will make more legalistic decisions, and fewer nonlegalistic decisions, than a dependent judge.
Consequently, Anastasiades said, if PASYDY wanted to contribute to modernisation, it should do so and set the legalistic theories aside.
legalistic culture, the laws are more important than the reasons for the
Legalistic constitutionalism refers to formulas and rules.
Thank goodness for MPs like Birkenhead''s Frank Field, who are prepared to put their heads above the parapet and cut through all the legalistic tosh.
The European Policy Centre (EPC) put out a similar warning in its recent report on the state of the Union: "It is also doubtful whether the prevailing legalistic approach can compensate for a lack of political will and leadership and increasing differences of opinion and cacophony within the European Union".
The concept is beginning to be taken more seriously across the world and, therefore, it is important to adopt a legalistic approach to Islamic finance," he added.
"Looking at the case from a legalistic point of view, from the point of view of the case being presented to an independent and unbiased tribunal, then I think he has a fair chance of coming out clean," said Karim.
I know it is argued that tithing is legalistic and not 19 per cent, but all we possess belongs to the Lord.
"Taken together, the government's long-standing practice of violent repression and its new legalistic tactics are creating the worst climate for press freedom since the country's unification in 1990," CPJ said in a report.