Meaning of legalism
Pronunciation: (lē'gu-liz"um), [key]
- strict adherence, or the principle of strict adherence, to law or prescription, esp. to the letter rather than the spirit.
- the doctrine that salvation is gained through good works.
- the judging of conduct in terms of adherence to precise laws.
- (cap.) (in Chinese philosophy) the principles and practices of a school of political theorists advocating strict legal control over all activities, a system of rewards and punishments uniform for all classes, and an absolute monarchy.
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