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

 

legalistic

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌliːɡəˈlɪstɪk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌliːɡəˈlɪstɪk//
 
(disapproving)
 
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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.
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