Definition - Noun
[Old French, from Latin justitia, from justus just]
1 a  : the quality of being just, impartial, or fair <it is not the province of the court to decide upon the ~ or injustice...of these laws ­Scott v. Sanford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857)>
b  : the principle or ideal of just dealing
: conformity to the principle or ideal of just dealing
2 a  : the administration of law <a fugitive from ~>
: the establishment or determination of rights according to law or equity <system of ~>
b  : fair, just, or impartial legal process <courts or tribunals...for the administration of international ~ ­G. R. Winters>
3  : See also judge
: a judge of an appellate court or court of last resort (as a supreme court) <insults to particular ~s and threats of civil disobedience were bandied freely ­R. H. Bork>

Pronunciation Key

  • \&\ as a and u in a b ut
  • \[^&]\ as e in kitt en
  • \&r\ as ur and er in f urther
  • \a\ as a inash
  • \A\ as a in ace
  • \?\ as o in m op
  • \au\ as ou in ou t
  • \ch\ as ch in ch in
  • \e\ as e in bet
  • \E\ as ea in easy
  • \g\ as g in go
  • \i\ as i in hit
  • \I\ as i in ice
  • \j\ as j in job
  • \[ng]\ as ng in sing
  • \O\ as o in go
  • \o\ as aw in law
  • \oi\ as oy in boy
  • \th\ as th in thin
  • \[th_]\ as thin the
  • \?\ as oo in loot
  • \u\ as oo in foot
  • \y\ as y in yet
  • \zh\ as si in vision

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