There are many yeshiva systems and darchei halimud (most famously Brisk) who analyze the Rambam "k'chut hasa'arah" - that is to say, exacting to the point that if the Rambam uses one word, specifically doesn't use another word, or puts a certain halachah in one place versus another. Tremendous amounts of Torah have come out based on these types of questions, but the axiomatic theme is that the Rambam is so exacting in his writing of the Mishnah Torah.

On what basis is that assumption made?

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    The same is said about Rashi and all Rishonim
    – Chatzkel
    Nov 13 '21 at 23:44
  • @Chatzkel It is to some extent, but you don't have tomes of Brisker lomdus written on Rashi.
    – Yehuda
    Nov 13 '21 at 23:47
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    Isn't this the default assumption when reading just about any law text? Who writes laws sloppily???
    – Double AA
    Nov 14 '21 at 1:00
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    I've probably spent too much time learning for the question to make sense. If you learn for just a little bit you think could this person really have written so carefully? And if you learn a lot you realize how could they not?
    – Double AA
    Nov 14 '21 at 15:17
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    The Rambam requires the most explanation because he explained himself the least. Therefore one must also rely on subtler clues to figure out his meaning.
    – N.T.
    Nov 16 '21 at 6:45

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