Definition of legalistic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌliːɡəˈlɪstɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌliːɡəˈlɪstɪk//
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obeying the law too strictly a legalistic approach to family disputes American institutions tend to be more legalistic than their British counterparts.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: legalistic