(1)   The administration of law; the act of determining rights and assigning rewards or punishments
"Justice deferred is justice denied"
(2)   The quality of being just or fair
(3)   The United States federal department responsible for enforcing federal laws (including the enforcement of all civil rights legislation); created in 1870
(4)   A public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice


justice from justise, justice (Modern justice), from iustitia 'righteousness, equity', from iustus "just", from ius 'right', from ious, perhaps literally "sacred formula", a word peculiar to Latin (not general Italic) that originated in the religious cults, from . Replaced native rightwished, rightwisnes "justice" (from rihtwīsnes "justice, righteousness", cf ġerihte "justice").


  1. The state or characteristic of being just or fair.
  2. The ideal of fairness, impartiality, etc., especially with regard to the punishment of wrongdoing.
    Justice was served
  3. Judgment and punishment of a party who has allegedly wronged (an)other(s).
    to demand justice
  4. The civil power dealing with law.
    Ministry of Justice
    the justice system
  5. A judge of certain courts. Also capitalized as a title.
    Mr. Justice Krever presides over the appellate court
  6. Correctness, conforming to reality or rules.

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