- 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 legalistic
Al-Mughni's statement was technical, legalistic, convoluted and entirely unconvincing.
Still he had risen to great heights of oratory and legalistic reason.Children of the Market Place|Edgar Lee Masters
At any rate, the danger of a legalistic propaganda either in Philippi or in Rome does not seem to be very seriously in view.The Literature and History of New Testament Times|J. Gresham (John Gresham) Machen
They are apt to be conventional, legalistic, and maintainers of the status quo.Herein is Love|Reuel L. Howe
The limitations of the Secretary of State are the limitations of a legalistic mind.Behind the Mirrors|Clinton W. Gilbert
No amount of legalistic argument can becloud this issue in the eyes of these ten million American citizens.State of the Union Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt|Franklin D. Roosevelt