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:


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

-- Glenn Beck (American Journalist)

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

-- Rowan D. Williams ( -)

In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls.

-- Lenny Bruce (American Comedian)

Not to help justice in her need would be an impiety.

-- Plato (Greek Philosopher)

The right to justice is something that no one can bestow, nor take away, for it is in one's heart.

-- Bryant H. McGill (American Poet)

At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

-- Aristotle (Greek Philosopher)

Before anything else, we need a new age of Enlightenment. Our present political systems must relinquish their claims on truth, justice and freedom and have to replace them with the search for truth, justice, freedom and reason.

-- Friedrich Durrenmatt (Swiss Author)

A man must be willing to die for justice. Death is an inescapable reality and men die daily, but good deeds live forever.

-- Jesse Jackson (American Activist)

One thing, however, is sure, - that in all cases the effort should be to impose all the cost of repairing the wrong upon the doer of the wrong. This alone is real justice, and of course such justice is necessarily free.

-- Benjamin Tucker (American Activist)

So always, if we look back, concern for face-to-face morality, and its modern emphasis on justice as well, have historically evolved as religious issues.

-- Huston Smith (American Theologian)

Justice turns the scale, bringing to some learning through suffering.

-- Aeschylus (Greek Poet)

Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don't believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.

-- Coretta Scott King (American Activist)

Thus, the struggle for peace includes the struggle for freedom and justice for the masses of all countries.

-- Arthur Henderson (British Politician)

We all agree that we've got to bring these terrorists to justice and to make sure that they're never allowed to perpetrate such an evil act as they did. And so all of us are dealing with that. We know that the President has the authority to go to war under the War Powers Act.

-- Barbara Lee (American Politician)

The principle of responsibility and collective sanctions is incompatible with the Western concept of justice.

-- Omar Bongo ( Statesman)

Justice has nothing to do with what goes on in a courtroom; Justice is what comes out of a courtroom.

-- Clarence Darrow (American Lawyer)

In fact, in 2002, the Secretary of Defense authorized such support on a reimbursable basis to organizations formerly components of the Department of Justice and Department of the Treasury and currently components of the Department of Homeland Security.

-- Solomon Ortiz (American Politician)

Thou shalt not ration justice.

-- Learned Hand (American Judge)

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)

The absolute pacifist is a bad citizen; times come when force must be used to uphold right, justice and ideals.

-- Alfred North Whitehead (English Mathematician)

Justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes.

-- Samuel Butler (British Poet)

Frequently you have a clash between the more sterile letter of the law and the justice that underlies it, and I think one of the things I've been trying more or less, where it was possible, is to go with the justice rather than the letter of the law.

-- Harold H. Greene (American Judge)

Almost certainly, however, the first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind.

-- Norman Borlaug (American Scientist)

And this we should believe: that hope and volition can bring us closer to our ultimate goal: justice for all, injustice for no-one.

-- Eyvind Johnson (Swedish Author)

Therefore I feel that the aforementioned guiding principle must be modified to read: If you desire peace, cultivate justice, but at the same time cultivate the fields to produce more bread; otherwise there will be no peace.

-- Norman Borlaug (American Scientist)

Only the man who has enough good in him to feel the justice of the penalty can be punished.

-- William Ernest Hocking (American Philosopher)

The more laws, the less justice.

-- Marcus Tullius Cicero (Roman Statesman)

May be is very well, but Must is the master. It is my duty to show justice without recompense.

-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Roman Statesman)

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)

People demand a lot of the justice system and they demand things that it can't deliver.

-- Helen Garner (Australian Novelist)

Parents are not interested in justice, they're interested in peace and quiet.

-- Bill Cosby (American Comedian)

Justice? You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law.

-- William Gaddis (American Novelist)

Let justice be done, though the world perish.

-- Ferdinand I (German Royalty)

The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.

-- George Washington (American President)

Individuals can resist injustice, but only a community can do justice.

-- James J. Corbett (American Athlete)


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