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[back-formation (influenced by prude) from jurisprudence]
: an individual who makes ostentatious show of learning in jurisprudence and the philosophy of law or who regards legal doctrine with undue solemnity or veneration [philosophers and s might long and profoundly debate the question of which was the greater right and which was the lesser "Howell v. State, 425 A.2d 1361 (1981)"]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.