- Describing one who follows the letter of the law.
- He's very legalistic, so let's hope the law is just and merciful as well as strict.
- Describing one who tends to resort to the law, as one who
- His legalistic tendancies irritated his neighbors, especially since they had to defend themselves against his frivolous suits.
cavilling, contentious, conventionalized, disputatious, extrinsic, fine, forensic, formal, formalist, formalistic, formulary, hair-splitting, impersonal, jurisprudent, jurisprudential, literal, litigious, narrow-minded, nice, niggling, nit-picking, nominal, outward, pedantic, pettifogging, quibbling, strict, stylized, subtle, superficial, surface