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noun jus·tice \ˈjəs-təs\

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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of justice

  1. 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. 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. 3 :  conformity to truth, fact, or reason :  correctness

Examples of justice in a sentence

  1. They received justice in court.

  2. the U.S. Department of Justice

  3. criminals attempting to escape justice

  4. The role of the courts is to dispense justice fairly to everyone.

  5. She is a justice of the state supreme court.

  6. I saw no justice in the court's decision.

  7. 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

justice

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noun jus·tice \ˈjəs-təs\

Definition of justice for Students

  1. 1 :  fair treatment <Everyone deserves justice.>

  2. 2 :  2judge 1

  3. 3 :  the process or result of using laws to fairly judge people accused of crimes

  4. 4 :  the quality of being fair or just <They were treated with justice.>




Law Dictionary

justice

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noun jus·tice \ˈjəs-təs\

Legal Definition of justice

  1. 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

  2. 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. 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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