legalism (plural legalisms)

  1. 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.
  2. (religion) A doctrine of salvation by strictly adhering to the requirements of divine law.
  3. A legal axiom, term or rule.
Antonyms Related terms Translations
  • Spanish: legalismo


legalism (uncountable)

  1. A school of thought, originating in ancient China during the Warring States period and officially adopted during the Qin dynasty, advocating rule of law as key to ensuring social stability.
  • German: Legalismus, Legismus
  • Russian: леги́зм

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