justice

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

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 especially : a judge of an appellate court or court of last resort (as a supreme court) 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 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The move, which was announced by the San Diego Superior Court in March, marks an end to one of the major changes that the pandemic wrought on the justice system. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2022 The apps often market themselves to schools and libraries as a way to quickly diversify their digital shelves, especially after racial justice protests in spring 2020 drew attention to the lack of diversity in many traditional institutions. David Ingram, NBC News, 12 May 2022 Or the justice system having doubt or not believing [victims]. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 10 May 2022 Any justice system has to have regard for people’s real life needs. Ailbhe Smyth, Time, 6 May 2022 Despite those legal changes, the fear of the false rape accuser still persists in the justice system, at times leading to horrendous outcomes. Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, 6 May 2022 The killing of George Floyd in 2020 by a police officer sparked a national phenomenon as liberals pushed for the defunding of police departments and broader criminal justice reforms in major cities. Joshua Q. Nelson, Fox News, 3 May 2022 The rash of burglaries has generated debates not only over how to combat the crimes but over California’s criminal justice reforms, which some police officials blame for an increase in retail crimes. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 The city will pay $497,500 to a woman who says she was injured when police fired rubber bullets during racial justice protests in May 2020. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Justice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/justice. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for justice

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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