Definition of justice in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Just behaviour or treatment.

    ‘a concern for justice, peace, and genuine respect for people’
    • ‘But it's not all about compensation, Mr Kelly said, as most people just want a fair hearing and justice.’
    • ‘This concern for social justice, in turn, creates a norm within congregations that is supported and nourished by the congregants.’
    • ‘It holds centuries of legal records encompassing the principles of social justice and moral values.’
    • ‘He said the commission deals with human rights abuse cases which were difficult to bring to justice because of technical reasons, such as a lack of evidence.’
    • ‘These efforts build on current and past work to find appropriate responses based on science, reason, compassion and justice.’
    • ‘Suddenly, half drowning him didn't seem like fair justice.’
    • ‘Subordinates aren't the only ones concerned with social justice.’
    • ‘The judicial system was not efficient enough and people rarely received fast and fair justice.’
    • ‘We can remain a voice for reason, for justice, and for love.’
    • ‘We identify both personal morality and social optimism and justice with the self-control needed for dieting.’
    • ‘They expect no justice, no fair deal and no humanistic approach by the Indian leadership.’
    • ‘The group will look at health, social justice, criminal justice and other issues.’
    • ‘The tragedy of riots lies as much in the destruction of life and property as in the destruction of our fundamental beliefs - in justice, in reason, in humanity.’
    • ‘The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.’
    • ‘If the population can see that there is an institution that delivers fair justice within a reasonable time, then it can make a certain contribution.’
    • ‘His ideas on social justice were the foundation of new humanism and of Romanticism in general.’
    • ‘I assumed that truth, equity, tolerance, justice, morality and principles matter to most Australians.’
    • ‘Instead, he has pushed the church away from social justice and peace concerns.’
    • ‘But we should be clear that we are doing so for reasons of justice and not in the delusive hope of greater security.’
    • ‘Any gathering on this scale calling for peace and social justice would have been exciting.’
    fairness, justness, fair play, fair-mindedness, equity, equitableness, even-handedness, egalitarianism, impartiality, impartialness, lack of bias, objectivity, neutrality, disinterestedness, lack of prejudice, open-mindedness, non-partisanship
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    1. 1.1The quality of being fair and reasonable.
      ‘the justice of his case’
      • ‘You stand up for professional values, fair play and justice during a controversy.’
      • ‘An oft-repeated maxim was that reason and justice are to be accorded more regard than mere texts.’
      • ‘But don't fancy that all that frantic astronomy would make the smallest difference to the reason and justice of conduct.’
      • ‘But what would happen to the right to counsel if lawyers were always second-guessing the justice of their clients' causes?’
      • ‘If it protects any living creatures, it is bound in reason and in justice, to protect all.’
      • ‘This is not justice or fair criticism - it is hypocrisy and double standard.’
      • ‘We esteem ourselves bound by obligations of respect to the rest of the world, to make known the justice of our cause.’
      • ‘Others will grant authority to the use of force if it falls within bounds of justice and reason.’
      validity, justification, soundness, well-foundedness, legitimacy, legitimateness, reasonableness
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    2. 1.2The administration of the law or authority in maintaining this.
      ‘a tragic miscarriage of justice’
      • ‘If the Court pleases, what the first issue of general importance for the administration of justice is is this.’
      • ‘At that time, Rehnquist said the high number of vacancies was eroding the quality of justice associated with federal courts.’
      • ‘It means that the administration of justice has entirely failed.’
      • ‘That lack of specific focus is necessary to maintain public confidence in the administration of justice.’
      • ‘And, again, membership in a political party does not determine the quality of justice in this country.’
      • ‘Nor is there any evidence that the quality of justice in New South Wales is notably superior to that in Victoria.’
      • ‘What impact does that kind of tactical use by corporations have on the administration of justice?’
      • ‘What counts most now is that the process of military justice be fair, as I have every expectation it will be.’
      • ‘But if there is any interference with the administration of justice, one sets aside the decision.’
      • ‘But it goes to an essential aspect of the administration of justice, the due pronouncement of any court decision.’
      • ‘Plainly, if a fair trial is not possible, then it is not in the interests of the administration of justice to allow any action to proceed.’
      • ‘The effect that the admission or exclusion of the evidence would have on the repute of the administration of justice is more problematic.’
      • ‘Our submission is that it is an affront to the administration of justice if the continuation of the proceedings would be an abuse.’
      • ‘The evidence was critical in relation to a serious charge and the administration of justice would be held in disrepute if the evidence was not admitted.’
      • ‘So this is about a political process and a political reason to do this for reasons other than military justice.’
      • ‘Civil rights campaigners believe any change would do serious damage to the quality of British justice.’
      • ‘In the case of a slow degradation of the quality of justice, nothing particularly dramatic would occur.’
      • ‘The public have not been in a position to form a view about the quality of Scottish justice in this case as proceedings are represented only through the fleeting visits of itinerant journalists.’
      • ‘In addition to tackling fraudulent and exaggerated claims, we must improve the quality of justice for genuinely injured parties.’
      • ‘The other two purposes were: the protection of the administration of justice and the protection of the client.’
      judicial proceedings, administration of the law
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  • 2A judge or magistrate, in particular a judge of the Supreme Court of a country or state.

    • ‘Licensing justices at Andover magistrates court will consider the application next Wednesday.’
    • ‘Having heard all the facts of the appeal and discussed the matter, the recorder and the justices refused costs.’
    • ‘Will we see something in the Budget that will allow for barristers or solicitors to be visiting justices?’
    • ‘No one should deny the chief justice's right under any circumstances to ensure the independence of the judiciary.’
    • ‘The Justice of the Peace reserved her decision pending the outcome of these applications.’
    • ‘If that is true of licensing justices, the same must be true of the crown court.’
    • ‘Such a writ can only be granted with the agreement of four justices of the Supreme Court.’
    • ‘Three of the nine supreme court justices could well step down in the next few years.’
    • ‘Regardless of the comments made by the defendants the justices were wrong to find no case to answer’
    • ‘Or is the Court simply stalling for time until a new chief justice is appointed?’
    • ‘How does this play into the subject at hand, which is the Supreme Court and justices?’
    • ‘When it does, the 12 law lords will no longer be members of the House of Lords but will become supreme court justices.’
    • ‘It is, therefore, a matter of public interest who becomes judges of the lower courts and justices of the Supreme Court.’
    • ‘The President appoints the chief justice, and they together determine the other judicial appointments.’
    • ‘It isn't hard to guess how the new justices will rule on tort reform and school funding.’
    • ‘The reference to two or more justices is reflected in section 7 of the Magistrates Act.’
    • ‘There are only nine justices on the Supreme Court and they serve for life.’
    • ‘Today is a day to be proud of the eight associate justices of the Supreme Court of Alabama.’
    • ‘The Supreme Court of Canada justices do not have to explain why they decide to hear or not hear a case.’
    • ‘The judicial branch includes a supreme court with justices appointed by the president.’
    • ‘No application was made, and certainly no application was granted when this matter came before the justices.’
    • ‘The application is made to the magistrates' court and not specifically to the licensing justices.’
    • ‘The justices refused to grant bail on the basis suggested, and Mr Stevens was remanded in custody.’
    • ‘Rule 8 provides for the delegation of functions by the justices ' clerk.’
    • ‘Not since Eisenhower, has a president appointed four new Supreme Court justices.’
    judge, magistrate, her honour, his honour, your honour
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Late Old English iustise ‘administration of the law’, via Old French from Latin justitia, from justus (see just).