Definition of "justice" [jus•tice]

  • The quality of being just; fairness. (noun)
  • The principle of moral rightness; equity. (noun)
  • Conformity to moral rightness in action or attitude; righteousness. (noun)
  • The upholding of what is just, especially fair treatment and due reward in accordance with honor, standards, or law. (noun)
  • Law The administration and procedure of law. (noun)
  • The quality or fact of being just (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The principle of fairness that like cases should be treated alike (noun)
  • A particular distribution of benefits and burdens fairly in accordance with a particular conception of what are to count as like cases (noun)
  • The principle that punishment should be proportionate to the offence (noun)
  • The administration of law according to prescribed and accepted principles (noun)
  • Conformity to the law; legal validity (noun)
  • A judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature (noun)
  • Good reason (esp in the phrase with justice) (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "justice" in a sentence
  • "Callicles 'contempt for justice as normally understood turns out to involve four main ingredients: a critique of conventional justice, an account of ˜justice according to nature™, a theory of the virtues, and a hedonistic conception of the good."
  • "'Clapp, you can go,' said the Captain; and Mr. Numbers Clapp lost no time in conveying himself from the dangerous vicinity of justice; though such _justice_ as we here record, was not very dangerous to _him_."
  • "To particular justice belongs _justice of exchange, _ which he describes as "the habit of observing equality in commutations.""