If he still has time, he can devote it to legalistic discussions, and it wouldn`t hurt. They protect against exaggeration and abuse of already defended freedom against legalistic encroachments. Nevertheless, he had risen to great heights of rhetorical and legalistic reason. Al-Mughni`s testimony was technical, legalistic, convoluted and totally unconvincing. The crisis becomes less dangerous when it becomes legalistic and technical. And this corresponds to the position that the legalistic opposition had now taken. « Legalistic Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legalist. Retrieved 27 September 2022. These sample phrases are automatically selected from various online information sources to reflect the current use of the word « legalistic. » The views expressed in the examples do not represent the views of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us your feedback. Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article on legalism The legalistic controversy over missionary methods had previously absorbed so much energy that there was not much left for missionary work.