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:


The history of the world is the world's court of justice.

-- Friedrich Schiller (German Dramatist)

Today's global justice movement may be the biggest, most diverse and energetic in history.

-- Todd Gitlin (American Sociologist)

When strength is yoked with justice, where is a mightier pair than they?

-- Aeschylus (Greek Poet)

There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity - the law of nature and of nations.

-- Edmund Burke (Irish Statesman)

Who thinks the law has anything to do with justice? It's what we have because we can't have justice.

-- William McIlvanney ( -)

Everybody should want to make sure that we have the cyber tools necessary to investigate cyber crimes, and to be prepared to defend against them and to bring people to justice who commit it.

-- Janet Reno (American Public Servant)

The more laws, the less justice.

-- Marcus Tullius Cicero (Roman Statesman)

Thou shalt not ration justice.

-- Learned Hand (American Judge)

There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.

-- Isaac Bashevis Singer (American Novelist)

I probably would have voted against Justice Thomas, and, and, and I've been disappointed by what Justice Roberts has done.

-- Michael Bennett ( -)

What I perceive, is above all justice, where everyone has the same law.

-- Imran Khan (Pakistani Athlete)

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

-- Martin Luther King, Jr. (American Leader)

The United States has the burden to lead for peace. And not just peace - we need peace with justice, a much harder goal.

-- Jeff Sessions (American Politician)

And if you ask again whether there is any justice in the world, you'll have to be satisfied with the reply: Not for the time being; at any rate, not up to this Friday.

-- Alfred Doblin (German Novelist)

There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.

-- Charles de Montesquieu (French Philosopher)

A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity.

-- Ralph Nader (American Lawyer)

We have to remind the people: Congress has the constitutional obligation and public responsibility to oversee these issues and the Department of Justice's operations.

-- Sibel Edmonds (American Public Servant)

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

-- James J. Corbett (American Athlete)

If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: "Thou shalt not ration justice."

-- Sophocles (Greek Poet)

No one could, therefore, rely on the law, and justice no longer existed.

-- William Waller (English Soldier)

The cost of justice can be justly paid only by the invader.

-- Benjamin Tucker (American Activist)

Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.

-- Francis Bacon (English Philosopher)

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)

Fidelity is the sister of justice.

-- Horace (Roman Poet)

I was very excited about the idea that I could be an idealist, that I could be my age, the eager beaver who had hope in the justice system and the one who gets disappointed just like the audience.

-- Elisabeth Rohm (American Actress)

Let us rise in the moral power of womanhood; and give utterance to the voice of outraged mercy, and insulted justice, and eternal truth, and mighty love and holy freedom.

-- Maria W. Chapman ( -)

The Department of Justice transcends party because we're building on the Weed and Seed program.

-- Janet Reno (American Public Servant)

Justice for the major perpetrators cannot be separated from the vindication of the rights of the individual victim.

-- Jalal Talabani (Iraqi Politician)

When justice has spoken, humanity must have its turn.

-- Pierre Vergniaud ( -)

Many are attracted to social service - the rewards are immediate, the gratification quick. But if we have social justice, we won't need social service.

-- Julian Bond (American Activist)

The fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It never has been and never will be. It exacts a toll on our self, our families, our friends, and especially our children. In the end, I believe, as in my case, the price we pay is well worth holding on to our dignity.

-- Frank Serpico (American Celebrity)

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)

Fruits are always of the same nature with the seeds and roots from which they come, and trees are known by the fruits they bear: as a man begets a man, and a beast a beast, that society of men which constitutes a government upon the foundation of justice.

-- Algernon Sidney (English Politician)

Nobody is poor unless he stand in need of justice.

-- Lactantius ( Author)

What our men and women in uniform are doing is providing for the Iraqi people and other surrounding nations the opportunity to see, to taste and to experience the democracy that equals freedom and ultimately justice.

-- Robin Hayes (American Politician)


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