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justice definition

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This page has 9 definitions of justice with English translations in 4 languages. Justice is a noun. Examples of how to use justice in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

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English justice definition

Etymology

From Middle English justice, from Old French justise, justice (Modern French justice), from Latin iūstitia (righteousness, equity), from iūstus (just), from iūs (right), from Proto-Italic *jowos, perhaps literally "sacred formula", a word peculiar to Latin (not general Italic) that originated in the religious cults, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂yew-. Doublet of Justitia.

Displaced native Middle English rightwished, rightwisnes (justice) (from Old English rihtwīsnes (justice, righteousness), compare Old English ġerihte (justice)).

Pronunciation

Noun

justice (countable and uncountable, plural justices)

  1. The state or characteristic of being just or fair.
    the justice of a description
  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 another.
    to demand justice
  4. The civil power dealing with law.
    Ministry of Justice
    the justice system
  5. A title given to judges of certain courts; capitalized when placed before a name.
    Mr. Justice Krever presides over the appellate court
  6. Correctness, conforming to reality or rules.

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French justice definition

Etymology

From Old French justise, justice, borrowed from Latin iūstitia, jūstitia. Doublet of justesse.

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justice f (plural justices)

  1. justice

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Norman justice definition

Etymology

From Old French justise, justice, borrowed from Latin iūstitia, jūstitia (righteousness, equity), from iūstus (just), from iūs (right), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂yew-.

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justice f (plural justices)

  1. (Jersey) justice

Old French justice definition

Noun

justice f (oblique plural justices, nominative singular justice, nominative plural justices)

  1. Alternative form of justise