Simple Definition of justice
: the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals
: a judge in a court of law
Justice —used as a title for a judge (such as a judge of the U.S. Supreme Court)
Full Definition of justice
1 a : the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments b : judge c : the administration of law; especially : the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity
2 a : the quality of being just, impartial, or fair b (1) : the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action (2) : conformity to this principle or ideal : righteousness c : the quality of conforming to law
3 : conformity to truth, fact, or reason : correctness
Examples of justice in a sentence
They received justice in court.
the U.S. Department of Justice
criminals attempting to escape justice
The role of the courts is to dispense justice fairly to everyone.
She is a justice of the state supreme court.
I saw no justice in the court's decision.
We should strive to achieve justice for all people.
Origin of justice
Middle English, from Anglo-French justise, from Latin justitia, from justus
First Known Use: 12th century
JUSTICE Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of justice
1a : the quality of being just, impartial, or fair <it is not the province of the court to decide upon the justice or injustice…of these laws — Scott v. Sanford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857)> b : the principle or ideal of just dealing; also : conformity to the principle or ideal of just dealing
2a : the administration of law <a fugitive from justice>; especially : the establishment or determination of rights according to law or equity <system of justice> b : fair, just, or impartial legal process <courts or tribunals…for the administration of international justice — G. R. Winters>
3 : judge; especially : a judge of an appellate court or court of last resort (as a supreme court) <insults to particular justices and threats of civil disobedience were bandied freely — R. H. Bork>
Origin of justice
Old French, from Latin justitia, from justus just
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