What does Justice mean?

Definitions for Justice
ˈdʒʌs tɪsjus·tice

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. justice, justnessnoun

    the quality of being just or fair

  2. justicenoun

    judgment involved in the determination of rights and the assignment of rewards and punishments

  3. judge, justice, juristnoun

    a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice

  4. Department of Justice, Justice Department, Justice, DoJnoun

    the United States federal department responsible for enforcing federal laws (including the enforcement of all civil rights legislation); created in 1870


  1. justicenoun

    The state or characteristic of being just or fair.

  2. justicenoun

    The ideal of fairness, impartiality, etc., especially with regard to the punishment of wrongdoing.

    Justice was served

  3. justicenoun

    Judgment and punishment of a party who has allegedly wronged (an)other(s).

    to demand justice

  4. justicenoun

    The civil power dealing with law.

  5. justicenoun

    A judge of certain courts. Also capitalized as a title.

    Mr. Justice Krever presides over the appellate court

  6. justicenoun

    Correctness, conforming to reality or rules.

  7. Etymology: 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 yewes-. Replaced native rightwished, rightwisnes "justice" (from rihtwīsnes "justice, righteousness", compare ġerihte "justice").


  1. Justice

    Justice, in its broadest sense, is the principle that people receive that which they deserve, with the interpretation of what then constitutes "deserving" being impacted upon by numerous fields, with many differing viewpoints and perspectives, including the concepts of moral correctness based on ethics, rationality, law, religion, equity and fairness. Consequently, the application of justice differs in every culture. Early theories of justice were set out by the Ancient Greek philosophers Plato in his work The Republic, and Aristotle in his Nicomachean Ethics. Throughout history various theories have been established. Advocates of divine command theory argue that justice issues from God. In the 1600s, theorists like John Locke argued for the theory of natural law. Thinkers in the social contract tradition argued that justice is derived from the mutual agreement of everyone concerned. In the 1800s, utilitarian thinkers including John Stuart Mill argued that justice is based on the best outcomes for the greatest number of people. Theories of distributive justice concern what is to be distributed, between whom they are to be distributed, and what is the proper distribution. Egalitarians argued that justice can only exist within the coordinates of equality. John Rawls used a social contract argument to show that justice, and especially distributive justice, is a form of fairness. Property rights theorists (like Robert Nozick) also take a consequentialist view of distributive justice and argue that property rights-based justice maximizes the overall wealth of an economic system. Theories of retributive justice are concerned with punishment for wrongdoing. Restorative justice (also sometimes called "reparative justice") is an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of victims and offenders.


  1. justice

    Justice is a concept that encompasses fairness, impartiality, and the equitable treatment of individuals within a society. It involves the fair distribution of rights, resources, opportunities, and punishments, as well as the adherence to legal and moral principles. Justice aims to ensure that every person is treated equally, without discrimination, and that appropriate consequences are applied for any wrongdoing. It strives to create a society where all individuals have access to their basic human rights and are treated justly under the law.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Justiceadjective

    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

  2. Justiceadjective

    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. Justiceadjective

    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

  4. Justiceadjective

    agreeableness to right; equity; justness; as, the justice of a claim

  5. Justiceadjective

    a person duly commissioned to hold courts, or to try and decide controversies and administer justice

  6. Justiceverb

    to administer justice to


  1. Justice

    Justice is a concept of moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, law, natural law, religion, equity or fairness, as well as the administration of the law, taking into account the inalienable and inborn rights of all human beings and citizens, the right of all people and individuals to equal protection before the law of their civil rights, without discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, or other characteristics, and is further regarded as being inclusive of social justice.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Justice

    jus′tis, n. quality of being just: integrity: impartiality: desert: retribution: a judge: a magistrate.—ns. Jus′ticeship, office or dignity of a justice or judge; Justic′iary, Justic′iar, an administrator of justice: a chief-justice.—Justice of the Peace (abb. J.P.), an inferior magistrate; Justices' justice, a term sarcastically applied to the kind of justice sometimes administered by the unpaid and amateur magistracy of England.—Lord Chief-justice, the chief judge of the King's (or Queen's) Bench Division of the High Court of Justice; Lord Justice-clerk, the Scottish judge ranking next to the Lord-Justice-general, presiding over the Outer House or Second Division of the Court of Session, vice-president of the High Court of Justiciary; Lord Justice-general, the highest judge in Scotland, called also the Lord President of the Court of Session.—High Court of Justiciary, the supreme criminal court of justice in Scotland. [Fr.,—L. justitia.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Justice

    1, High Court Of, one of the two great sections of the English Supreme Courts; 2, Lord Chief, the chief judge of the Queen's Bench division of it; 3, Lord Justice-General, supreme judge in Scotland, the Lord President of the Court of Session; 4, of the Peace, the title of a petty county or borough magistrate of multifarious duties and jurisdiction; 5, Lords Justices, judges of the English Court of Appeal.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. justice

    A system of revenge where the State imitates the criminal.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    Fair play; often sought, but seldom discovered, in company with Law. A chip of the old block--A daughter of the Tenderloin. K One man's meat is another man's finish--Canned Beef in Cuba. KANGAROO A hard drinker from Australia, especially fond of hops, and generally carrying a load.

Editors Contribution

  1. justiceadjective

    To provide what is just, perfectly to the universes truth

    Justice is important to all souls on the earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 27, 2023  

  2. justicenoun

    0.) Based on behavior or according to what is morally right and fair internally to provide protection in public or private relations through times of emergency matters. 1.) Just behavior or treatment. The quality of being fair and reasonable. The administration of the law or authority in maintaining this. 2.) A judge or magistrate, in particular a judge of the supreme court of a country or state. Perform as well as one is able to. Do treat, or represent with due fairness or appreciation. 3.) Administration of the Almighty's Most High law in Testimony.

    Justice is as a person, place or thing in order with the law of time manifesting reality.

    Etymology: Truth

    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on October 23, 2023  

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Who Was Who?

  1. Justice

    Only a mythological character whose statue has been frequently erected. She had eye trouble. In the United States J. carried scales with a small statue of politics in one pan, and money in the other. Her statues in other countries are said to be different, although occasionally the little statues are found in the pans.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Justice is ranked #1077 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Justice surname appeared 32,480 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 11 would have the surname Justice.

    85.5% or 27,787 total occurrences were White.
    9.4% or 3,060 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 682 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.7% or 575 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 227 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 149 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Justice' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1522

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Justice' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2867

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Justice' in Nouns Frequency: #630

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Justice in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Justice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Justice in a Sentence

  1. Kathy Arberg:

    At Justice Ginsburg request, the Court has set aside the limited private space next to Justice Ginsburg request health facility for Justice Ginsburg to exercise. Justice Ginsburg doctors share Justice Ginsburg view that the training sessions are essential to Justice Ginsburg well-being, the space is being used exclusively by the justice.

  2. George W. Bush:

    Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or justice to our enemies, justice will be done.

  3. Thomas Sowell:

    The question is not what anybody deserves. The question is who is to take on the God-like role of deciding what everybody else deserves. You can talk about 'social justice' all you want. But what death taxes boil down to is letting politicians take money from widows and orphans to pay for goodies that they will hand out to others, in order to buy votes to get re-elected. That is not social justice or any other kind of justice.

  4. George W. Bush, September 20, 2001:

    Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.

  5. Attorney General Loretta Lynch:

    As the conversation around the Supreme Court vacancy progressed, Attorney General determined that the limitations inherent in the nomination process would curtail Justice Department spokeswoman Melanie Newman effectiveness in Justice Department spokeswoman Melanie Newman current role, given the urgent issues before the Department of Justice, Justice Department spokeswoman Melanie Newman asked not to be considered for the position.While Justice Department spokeswoman Melanie Newman is deeply grateful for the support and good wishes of all those who suggested Justice Department spokeswoman Melanie Newman as a potential nominee, Justice Department spokeswoman Melanie Newman is honored to serve as Attorney General, and Justice Department spokeswoman Melanie Newman is fully committed to carrying out the work of the Department of Justice for the remainder of Justice Department spokeswoman Melanie Newman term.

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    jUSTICE fairness treatment among people in the community.
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