Definitions for: Justice


[n] the administration of law; the act of determining rights and assigning rewards or punishments; "justice deferred is justice denied"
[n] the quality of being just or fair
[n] the federal department responsible for enforcing federal laws (including the enforcement of all civil rights legislation); created in 1870
[n] a public official authorized to decide questions bought before a court of justice



Webster (1913) Definition: Jus"tice, n. [F., fr. L. justitia, fr. justus just.
See Just, a.]
1. The quality of being just; conformity to the principles of
righteousness and rectitude in all things; strict
performance of moral obligations; practical conformity to
human or divine law; integrity in the dealings of men with
each other; rectitude; equity; uprightness.

Justice and judgment are the haditation of thy
throne. -- Ps. ixxxix.
11.

The king-becoming graces, As justice, verity,
temperance, stableness, . . . I have no relish of
them. -- Shak.

2. Conformity to truth and reality in expressing opinions and
in conduct; fair representation of facts respecting merit
or demerit; honesty; fidelity; impartiality; as, the
justice of a description or of a judgment; historical
justice.

3. The rendering to every one his due or right; just
treatment; requital of desert; merited reward or
punishment; that which is due to one's conduct or motives.

This even-handed justice Commends the ingredients of
our poisoned chalice To our own lips. -- Shak.

4. Agreeableness to right; equity; justness; as, the justice
of a claim.



5. A person duly commissioned to hold courts, or to try and
decide controversies and administer justice.

Note: This title is given to the judges of the common law
courts in England and in the United States, and extends
to judicial officers and magistrates of every grade.

Bed of justice. See under Bed.

Chief justice. See in the Vocabulary.

Justice of the peace (Law), a judicial officer or
subordinate magistrate appointed for the conservation of
the peace in a specified district, with other incidental
powers specified in his commission. In the United States a
justice of the peace has jurisdiction to adjudicate
certain minor cases, commit offenders, etc.

Syn: Equity; law; right; rectitude; honesty; integrity;
uprightness; fairness; impartiality.

Usage: Justice, Equity, Law. Justice and equity are the
same; but human laws, though designed to secure
justice, are of necessity imperfect, and hence what is
strictly legal is at times far from being equitable or
just. Here a court of equity comes in to redress the
grievances. It does so, as distinguished from courts
of law; and as the latter are often styled courts of
justice, some have fancied that there is in this case
a conflict between justice and equity. The real
conflict is against the working of the law; this a
court of equity brings into accordance with the claims
of justice. It would be an unfortunate use of language
which should lead any one to imagine he might have
justice on his side while practicing iniquity
(inequity). Justice, Rectitude. Rectitude, in its
widest sense, is one of the most comprehensive words
in our language, denoting absolute conformity to the
rule of right in principle and practice. Justice
refers more especially to the carrying out of law, and
has been considered by moralists as of three kinds:
(1) Commutative justice, which gives every man his own
property, including things pledged by promise. (2)
Distributive justice, which gives every man his exact
deserts. (3) General justice, which carries out all
the ends of law, though not in every case through the
precise channels of commutative or distributive
justice; as we see often done by a parent or a ruler
in his dealings with those who are subject to his
control.


Jus"tice, v. t.
To administer justice to. [Obs.] --Bacon.

Synonyms: Department of Justice, judge, judicature, jurist, Justice Department, justness, magistrate

Antonyms: injustice, unjustness

See Also: adjudicator, administration, chief justice, Daniel, disposal, doge, equity, executive department, fairness, FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, functionary, justice of the peace, justiciar, justiciary, natural virtue, official, ordinary, praetor, pretor, recorder, right, righteousness, rightfulness, Samson, stipendiary, stipendiary magistrate, trial judge, trier

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Famous Quotes Containing Justice:


Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.

-- Malcolm X (American Activist)

From the building of the temple of Solomon, which is also treated as a leading epoch in chronology, a new period in the history of worship is accordingly dated, - and to a certain extent with justice.

-- Julius Wellhausen (German Educator)

It's now up to the full Senate to move swiftly to confirm John Roberts so he can assume his duties and responsibilities as chief justice when the Supreme Court begins its new term in a matter of weeks. We call on the Senate to confirm John Roberts without delay.

-- Jay Alan Sekulow (American Lawyer)

Again, it may be said, that to love justice and equality the people need no great effort of virtue; it is sufficient that they love themselves.

-- Maximilien Robespierre (French Leader)

If you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish. Go alert your bishop.

-- Glenn Beck (American Journalist)

The goal of the EU is to form a region of freedom, security and justice. Freedom in this connection cannot be just the freedom of the strong, but it must be combined with fraternity and equality.

-- Tarja Halonen (Finnish Statesman)

Yet, when child sex offenders are brought to justice and serve time for their offenses, they are often released into unsuspecting communities and left free to resume their sexual attacks.

-- Bob Ney (American Politician)

It's to be a person who's able to shoot little arrows into sacred cows and knock politicians off their pedestals, to look out for hypocrisy, advocate for all sorts of things from social justice to peace.

-- Jonathan Shapiro (South African Cartoonist)

The possibility of bringing white-collar criminals to justice is ever receding over the horizon.

-- Sara Paretsky (American Author)

When we ask for love, we don't ask others to be fair to us-but rather to care for us, to be considerate of us. There is a world of difference here between demanding justice... and begging or pleading for love.

-- Mortimer Adler (American Philosopher)

Justice is incidental to law and order.

-- J. Edgar Hoover (American Public Servant)

Education for all seems to be the product of a type of distributive justice that is in no way related to the individual.

-- Abdoulaye Wade (Senegalese Statesman)

Law and justice are not always the same.

-- Gloria Steinem (American Activist)

When the Negro cries with pain from his deep hurt and lays his petition for elemental justice before the nation, he is calling upon the American people to kindle about that crucible of race relationships the fires of American faith.

-- Mordecai Wyatt Johnson (American Educator)

I wish the government and the Minister of Justice would address these legal and constitutional arguments, but they refuse to. They want Canadians to go blindly into their brave new world, but it is not wise for a society to move blindly in any direction.

-- Stockwell Day (Canadian Politician)

The absence and suppression of justice can only open the way for extremists to exploit such a condition to perpetrate acts of violence against innocents.

-- King Hussein I (Jordanian Statesman)

Specifically, the growing threat that sexual predators pose to our Nation's children and their families represents an area where our criminal justice system has failed the American people.

-- Paul Gillmor (American Politician)

While we are being fascinated by the tales of famous serial killers and how they were brought to justice, the real serial killer goes about his business with hardly a thought to being caught.

-- Pat Brown (American Entertainer)

Government has a role as well in what is referred to as redistributive justice.

-- William Weld (American Politician)

If there is any justice in the world, then eighties rock will never again serve to blight humanity as it did in that dark decade!

-- Vivian Campbell (Irish Musician)

He convinced me that if we're going to have honest government that you can't leave it up to the crooks and that honest people have to get involved in government. So I did. I got involved as a criminal prosecutor with the U. S. Justice Department.

-- Bill Scott (American Actor)

When there is life and mankind, a person will live striving for good deeds, liberty and a bright life, and wish that goodness and justice will reign in the world.

-- Islom Karimov (Uzbekistani Statesman)

The most money we have ever been able to get appropriated for the juvenile justice bills was $55 million a year, about one-tenth of what was necessary.

-- Bobby Scott (American Politician)

The American Army has supplied, assigned a very capable man to me, to help me, bring me to military justice. I don't think I need no civilians. All I want to do is clear myself with the American Army.

-- Robert Jenkins (English Soldier)

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.

-- Charles Dickens (English Novelist)

If the jury have no right to judge of the justice of a law of the government, they plainly can do nothing to protect the people against the oppressions of the government; for there are no oppressions which the government may not authorize by law.

-- Lysander Spooner (American Philosopher)

Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.

-- George Bancroft (American Historian)

There is a question for which we will never know the answer: had the U.S. not launched the Contra war to overthrow the Sandinista government, would they have succeeded in bringing socioeconomic justice to the people of Nicaragua?

-- Bianca Jagger (Nicaraguan Celebrity)

Justice is rather the activity of truth, than a virtue in itself. Truth tells us what is due to others, and justice renders that due. Injustice is acting a lie.

-- Horace Walpole (English Author)

Justice deferred is justice denied.

-- Diane Watson (American Politician)

As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.

-- John Stuart Mill (English Philosopher)

Christians should emphatically be campaigning for justice for the poor - but the Church is not a campaign.

-- Rowan D. Williams ( -)

Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.

-- Dwight D. Eisenhower (American President)

Laws and constitutions ought to be weighed... to constitute that which is most conducing to the establishment of justice and liberty.

-- Algernon Sydney (English Politician)

My concern was whether I could do the job of a justice well enough to convince the nation that my appointment was the right move.

-- Sandra Day O'Connor (American Judge)


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