Synonyms of 'legalistic'
hairsplittingDictionary, narrow, strict
his fussily legalistic mind
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A contentious person seems to like arguing and disagreeing with other people.
He was a sociable if rather contentious man.
inclined to argument
Thesaurus for legalistic from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you say that someone's language or ideas are legalistic , you are criticizing them for paying too much attention to legal details .