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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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Code law defines proportionality legalistically, whereas practice law pursues a richer conception, which I have called normative guilt.
See also Ulrich Duchrow, Processus Confessionis in German and Ecumenical Experience (Cape Town, 2001), at, https:// web.archive.org/web/20071030163534/http://www.warc.ch/pc/capetown/02.html: "In this way [the critics] misinterpreted it although many of us had stressed Bonhoeffer's clarifications that status confessionis means the Gospel of confessing Christ in a particular situation and not legalistically determining the borders of the true church."
(56) A key feature of separation of powers is that the president is granted autonomy to protect individual liberties, (57) which is legalistically expressed under "prosecutorial discretion," such that the executive branch may choose whether to "seek charges against violators of a federal law or to pardon violators of a federal law." (58) These executive powers have been employed to protect various immigrant communities throughout history, and the Court has repeatedly affirmed such agency discretion.
Some groups--such as the Nusra Front--initially sought to portray themselves as opposition groups rather than Al Qaeda affiliates, (23) prompting questions as to whether groups could legalistically avoid the AUMF framework by foregoing a public declaration of allegiance to the group.
To this end, despite the BFI's purpose of embracing a Lutheran understanding of biblical authority, the initiative avoided identifying "the definitive Lutheran principles" of biblical interpretation for fear that a definitive description of principles would be construed legalistically as a mechanism for compelling certain interpretive outcomes.
In light of this, scientists are fully justified in rejecting the logic of the argument that a criminal's status can only be defined legalistically. They are justified in viewing this matter as an empirical question in order to settle outstanding issues in their field.
The variable i reflects the change in the likelihood that the judge will behave legalistically because he is dependent and publicly accountable.
Legalistically, Stewards are bound by the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness in inquiries.
When they are children, they follow those rules to be good boys or good girls in the sense that they do what adults want them to do, to be praised by others, or simply, unthinkingly, and legalistically to follow the rules they have learned.
With increasing interest and competition from other great power rivals, Chinese policy began to change toward its former tributary states, such as Vietnam and Korea, which in turn were compelled to assert and protect their autonomy more forcefully and legalistically. For instance, in July 1882, China directly and publicly interfered in Korean domestic affairs for the first time in their history of sadae relations (Kim 1980, 326-327).
Splitting hairs legalistically and arbitrarily, the military said they were not.
The Islamic finance industry in its current practice has emerged as a prohibition-driven industry that is only legalistically distinct from its conventional counterpart.