Main Entry: le-galism

1 : strict, literal, or excessive conformity to the law or to a religious or moral code {the institutionalized legalism that restricts free choice}
2 : a legal term or rule

3 (centuri0n's lexicon) : looking for a list of things to do so you can accomplish the minimum and still admire yourself for being in conformity with the objective; the polar opposite of love which pours out all things for the sake of being pleasing to the object of affection. {The legalism of bible study ought to be replaced by a real zeal to know what God has said because God Himself has said it}