Meaning of legalist in English:


Pronunciation /ˈliːɡəlɪst/

noun & adjective

See legalism

‘They are accused of being legalist, obsessive about detail, hypocritical and self-serving.’
  • ‘What he notes in his explanation, however, should give all obsessive-compulsive legalists pause.’
  • ‘In explaining his conclusion, Dixon, the strict legalist, relied on a broad political and philosophical notion of the rule of law.’
  • ‘Some are legalists who continue to insist that the war was launched without justification in international law and wish to punish those responsible for their transgressions.’
  • ‘Others discount subjective feelings and become legalists as they observe only the letter of the law.’