Definition of justice
1a : the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments meting out justice social justiceb : judge a supreme court justice —used as a title Justice Marshallc : the administration of law a fugitive from justice; especially : the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity a system of justice
2a : the quality of being just, impartial, or fair questioned the justice of the their decisionb (1) : the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action (2) : conformity to this principle or ideal : righteousness the justice of their causec : the quality of conforming to law
3 : conformity to truth, fact, or reason : correctness admitted that there was much justice in these observations — T. L. Peacock
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.
Recent Examples of justice from the Web
The Russia saga experiences yet another twist: The Washington Post reports that special prosecutor Robert Mueller is now investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice.
The Duffers have promised that Season 2 will bring justice for Barb, but now the TV Academy has done them one better.
Juan McCullum, 35, is charged with two counts of cyberstalking, and Dorene Brown-Lewis, 45, has been indicted on two counts of obstruction of justice.
Case was careful about drawing a direct connection to the Legislature's Senate Bill 91, the contentious criminal justice reform law passed in 2016.
Jaweed Kaleem is The Times' national race and justice correspondent.
Next, impeachment proceedings would go to the Senate, where the chief justice of the Supreme Court would preside over the trial.
Justice required 12 to 16 hours of nursing a day, which Coleman said might have exceeded $80,000 a year.
Each group involved in the offensive has been detaining prisoners—including juveniles—and funneling them to various facilities, where their cases are supposed to be handled in the justice system.
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JUSTICE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of justice for English Language Learners
: 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)
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 and Etymology of justice
Old French, from Latin justitia, from justus just
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