justice

noun
jus·​tice | \ ˈjə-stəs How to pronounce justice (audio) \

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 justice
b : judge a supreme court justice used as a title Justice Marshall
c : 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 decision
b(1) : the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action
(2) : conformity to this principle or ideal : righteousness the justice of their cause
c : 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for justice

Synonyms

equity, fair shake, right

Antonyms

inequity, injustice, raw deal, wrong

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The billionaire has a nonprofit called the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality with a mission of championing social justice and improving race relations. Nick Turner And Noah Buhayar / Bloomberg, Time, "SoulCycle, Equinox Investor Defends High-Price Trump Fundraiser After Backlash," 9 Aug. 2019 As the founder of Ocean Collectiv, Johnson understands the correlation between maritime conservation and social justice. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "What Means More To You: Having A Title Or Making an Impact?," 8 Aug. 2019 These objects are used to teach tolerance and promote social justice. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Professor wants to be rid of racist books," 8 Aug. 2019 These objects are used to teach tolerance and promote social justice. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Professor wants to be rid of racist books," 8 Aug. 2019 The billionaire has a nonprofit called the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality with a mission of championing social justice and improving race relations. Nick Turner, Fortune, "Billionaire SoulCycle, Equinox Investor Defends Trump Fundraiser After Backlash," 8 Aug. 2019 These objects are used to teach tolerance and promote social justice. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Retired professor unsure of how to dispose of racist books that were used for research," 8 Aug. 2019 These objects are used to teach tolerance and promote social justice. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Professor wants to be rid of racist books," 8 Aug. 2019 Stills, though, is one of the most outspoken players on social justice issues and considers Kaepernick a friend. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kenny Stills chides Dolphins owner for supporting Trump," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of justice

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for justice

Middle English, from Anglo-French justise, from Latin justitia, from justus — see just entry 1

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justice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of justice

: the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals
US : a judge in a court of law
used as a title for a judge (such as a judge of the U.S. Supreme Court)

justice

noun
jus·​tice | \ ˈjəs-təs How to pronounce justice (audio) \

Kids Definition of justice

1 : fair treatment Everyone deserves justice.
3 : the process or result of using laws to fairly judge people accused of crimes
4 : the quality of being fair or just They were treated with justice.

justice

noun
jus·​tice | \ ˈjəs-təs How to pronounce justice (audio) \

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 lawsScott 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

History and Etymology for justice

Old French, from Latin justitia, from justus just

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