a) Of a person, following the letter of the law.

Hes very legalistic, so lets hope the law is just and merciful as well as strict.

b) Of a person, tending to resort to the law, as one who sues frequently.

His legalistic tendancies irritated his neighbors, especially since they had to defend themselves against his frivolous suits.

See Also: legalism, legalist

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