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.
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Recent Examples on the Web All of them are campaigning on an overhaul of the justice system with promises that were once on the political fringes but are now hallmarks of the progressive prosecutor movement. Deanna Paul, WSJ, "Who’s Who in the Race to Be the Next Manhattan District Attorney," 16 Feb. 2021 The prosecutor, Elisa Koenderman, who is now an acting State Supreme Court justice in Queens, did not respond to an interview request. New York Times, "3 Detectives Obtained a False Murder Confession. Was It One of Dozens?," 15 Feb. 2021 So far, students have learned about the school’s namesake, American attorney and civil rights activist Thurgood Marshall, who was also the first African American Supreme Court justice. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Richardson ISD elementary school features lesson for Black History Month every day throughout February," 15 Feb. 2021 Nevertheless, Gitmo’s status as a strange carve-out to the American justice system remains worthy of attention, given that habeas corpus rights are denied to foreign nationals held prisoner there. Kyle Smith, National Review, "An Oversimplified Look at a Gitmo Detainee," 12 Feb. 2021 Supreme Court Justice Shawn Womack was the only dissenting justice. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, "Bella Vista man to receive third murder trial in 6-year-old boy's death," 11 Feb. 2021 So here are all of the converging circumstances that made the reversal of that rejection possible and for justice to finally be served. George Mccalman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lava Thomas speaks out: A candid interview with the artist on saga of S.F.'s Maya Angelou monument," 7 Feb. 2021 And the norms and notions of what just is Isn’t always justice. Julia Barajas, Los Angeles Times, "Watch and read L.A. native Amanda Gorman’s inauguration day poem," 20 Jan. 2021 And the norms and notions of what just is isn't always justice. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Amanda Gorman performs powerful poem at inauguration: Read the full text of 'The Hill We Climb'," 20 Jan. 2021

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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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“Justice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/justice. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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