justice

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noun jus·tice \ˈjə-stəs\

Definition of justice

  1. 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

  2. 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. 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

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of justice

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



JUSTICE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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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 and Etymology of justice

Old French, from Latin justitia, from justus just



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