justice: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: ( jus'tis), [key]
— n.
  1. the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness: to uphold the justice of a cause.
  2. rightfulness or lawfulness, as of a claim or title; justness of ground or reason: to complain with justice.
  3. the moral principle determining just conduct.
  4. conformity to this principle, as manifested in conduct; just conduct, dealing, or treatment.
  5. the administering of deserved punishment or reward.
  6. the maintenance or administration of what is just by law, as by judicial or other proceedings: a court of justice.
  7. judgment of persons or causes by judicial process: to administer justice in a community.
  8. a judicial officer; a judge or magistrate.
  9. (cap.) Also calledthe Department of Justice.
  10. to cause to come before a court for trial or to receive punishment for one's misdeeds: The murderer was brought to justice.
  11. We must see this play again to do it justice.
    1. to act or treat justly or fairly.
    2. to appreciate properly:We must see this play again to do it justice.
    3. to acquit in accordance with one's abilities or potentialities:He finally got a role in which he could do himself justice as an actor.


Pronunciation: ( jus'tis), [key]
— n.
  1. born 1925, U.S. poet.
  2. a town in NE Illinois. 10,552.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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