- the doctrine that salvation is gained through good works.
- the judging of conduct in terms of adherence to precise laws.
Related formsle·gal·ist, nounle·gal·is·tic, adjectivele·gal·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
Examples from the Web for legalism
So they had just simply said until—in other words, he is inexact for all his legalism.Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
When taken together, they furnish a triumphant answer to the legalism and antinomianism of the human heart.Notes on the Book of Genesis|Charles Henry Mackintosh
We have, then, the introduction of legalism into the casual affairs of the tropics, and the vanishing of primitive license.The Pacific Triangle|Sydney Greenbie
To rest human salvation on self-improvement and social reform, is legalism over again.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians|G. G. Findlay
But this view, though it had a strong hold on very noble minds, was at bottom a legalism out of touch with reality.A History of the United States|Cecil Chesterton