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justice n

[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 : 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"]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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