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:


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)

Al Gore seems to have found a great political ploy: Picking up whatever issue he is most vulnerable on and championing the cause. Perhaps he will start to champion perjury statutes and obstruction of justice.

-- Barbara Olson (American Journalist)

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)

Life is not a matter of place, things or comfort; rather, it concerns the basic human rights of family, country, justice and human dignity.

-- Imelda Marcos ( Celebrity)

The earth is ready, the time is ripe, for the authoritative expression of the feminine as well as the masculine interpretation of that common social consensus which is slowly writing justice in the State and fraternity in the social order.

-- Anna Garlin Spencer ( -)

First, I was Bavarian State Minister of Justice, and after the ministries of justice in the various states were dissolved I became Reich Minister without portfolio.

-- Hans Frank (German Public Servant)

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

-- James J. Corbett (American Athlete)

When justice has spoken, humanity must have its turn.

-- Pierre Vergniaud ( -)

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 like a train that is nearly always late.

-- Yevgeny Yevtushenko (Russian Poet)

All too often arrogance accompanies strength, and we must never assume that justice is on the side of the strong. The use of power must always be accompanied by moral choice.

-- Theodore Bikel (Austrian Actor)

We must face the fact that the preservation of individual freedom is incompatible with a full satisfaction of our views of distributive justice.

-- Friedrich August von Hayek (Austrian Economist)

Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.

-- Blaise Pascal (French Philosopher)

Justice is revenge.

-- Saad Hariri (Lebanese Politician)

Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.

-- Alexander Hamilton (American Politician)

The values by which we are to survive are not rules for just and unjust conduct, but are those deeper illuminations in whose light justice and injustice, good and evil, means and ends are seen in fearful sharpness of outline.

-- Jacob Bronowski (English Scientist)

What is so remarkable about the success of affirmative action is that it has been accomplished despite the Justice Department and the policies of the federal government.

-- Harold Washington (American Politician)

Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy.

-- Walt Whitman (American Poet)

They enlarged the domains of commerce by treaties with all nations, upon the great principle of equal justice to all nations, and special favors to none.

-- Robert Toombs (American Politician)

The death of chief justice Rehnquist and the president's nomination of John Roberts raises the stakes for the court and the American people exponentially.

-- Ralph Neas ( -)

You sit up there, and you see the whole gamut of human nature. Even if the case being argued involves only a little fellow and $50, it involves justice. That's what is important.

-- Earl Warren (American Judge)

Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.

-- Blaise Pascal (French Philosopher)

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

-- Learned Hand (American Judge)

Justice must not only be seen to be done but has to be seen to be believed.

-- J. B. Morton (English Writer)

Love is stronger than justice.

-- Sting (British Musician)

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

-- Norman Borlaug (American Scientist)

The book of female logic is blotted all over with tears, and Justice in their courts is forever in a passion.

-- William Makepeace Thackeray (English Novelist)

We are all different. Yet we are all God's children. We are all united behind this country and the common cause of freedom, justice, fairness, and equality. That is what unites us.

-- Barbara Boxer (American Politician)

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

-- Aeschylus (Greek Poet)

I believe in justice, maybe not in this life, but there has to be justice. And if there isn't a God, I think it would be very depressing. I'd prefer to believe there is.

-- David Zucker (American Director)

Yale is a crucible in American life for the accommodation of intellectual achievement, of wisdom, of refinement, with the democratic ideals of openness, of social justice and of equal opportunity.

-- Benno C. Schmidt, Jr. (American Educator)

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

-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Roman Statesman)

And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of all mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.

-- Salmon P. Chase (American Politician)

We have fought for social justice. We have fought for economic justice. We have fought for environmental justice. We have fought for criminal justice. Now we must add a new fight - the fight for electoral justice.

-- Barbara Boxer (American Politician)

I was asked three times directly in the hearing before the board of the judiciary whether or not I would continue to acknowledge God if I were to resume my position as chief justice. And I said I would.

-- Roy Moore (American Judge)


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