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 titleJustice 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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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 As the election heated up, Calogero — and all but one justice — voted to restrict student law assistance. Sara Sneath, ProPublica, "How Louisiana Lawmakers Stop Residents’ Efforts to Fight Big Oil and Gas," 7 Feb. 2020 The brouhaha began in December 2018 when Chinyere Ezie, a lawyer at a social-justice nonprofit, discovered Prada’s Pradamalia collection. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Prada and the New Fashion Police," 7 Feb. 2020 In December, justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg granted the administration’s request for stays pending high court review. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Trump’s executive power grab continues in Supreme Court financial records cases," 7 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, Kenya’s progressive, hard-won 2010 constitution defines the nation not on the basis of tribe, but on the basis of values like equality, democracy, and social justice. Wired Opinion, Wired, "Digital IDs Make Systemic Bias Worse," 5 Feb. 2020 Leckey proudly identifies as many things: millennial mom, wife, immigrant, survivor, Democratic socialist, racial and social justice activist, and Wall Street regulator. Andrea Sahouri, Teen Vogue, "Ihssane Leckey Is Running for Congress to Represent Other Muslim Immigrants," 31 Jan. 2020 The planemaker will pay a total of €3.6bn ($4bn) to Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), France’s Parquet National Financier and America’s justice and state departments. The Economist, "Daily chart Airbus agrees to pay a huge fine to settle a bribery case," 31 Jan. 2020 Taylor Bilings of Corporate Accountability, a social and environmental justice non-profit monitoring Nestle’s water sourcing, said. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Do You Know Where Your Bottled Water Comes From? Hint: Partially From Drought-Ridden California," 29 Jan. 2020 The green symbolizes faith; purple stands for power; and yellow represents justice. Laura Kostelny, Country Living, "What Is a King Cake? Here's What to Know About the Mardi Gras Tradition," 27 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of justice was in the 12th century

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10 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Justice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/justices. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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)


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.


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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