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"justice" in American English

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justicenoun

 us   /ˈdʒʌs·tɪs/
  • justice noun (FAIRNESS)

[U] the condition of being morally correct or fair: He accused the police of false arrest and demanded justice.
  • justice noun (LAW)

[U] the system of laws by which people are judged and punished: the criminal justice system
  • justice noun (JUDGE)

[C] a judge, esp. of one of the higher courts of law: a justice of the US Supreme Court
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"justice" in British English

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justicenoun

uk   /ˈdʒʌs.tɪs/  us   /ˈdʒʌs.tɪs/
  • justice noun (FAIRNESS)

B2 [U] fairness in the way people are dealt with: There's no justice in the world when people can be made to suffer like that. The winner has been disqualified for cheating, so justice has been done (= a fair situation has been achieved).
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  • justice noun (LAW)

B2 [U] the system of laws in a country that judges and punishes people: the justice system in this country consists of a series of law courts at different levels. The police are doing all they can to bring those responsible for the bombing to justice. They are victims of a miscarriage of justice (= when the law has been carried out wrongly). He has been accused of obstructing the course of justice (= preventing the law being put into action).

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  • justice noun (JUDGE)

[C] US a judge in a law court: The president is expected to name a new Supreme Court justice within the next few days. Justice Ben Overton
[C] UK used before the name of a judge in the High Court: Mr Justice Ellis

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(Definition of justice from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"justice" in Business English

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justicenoun

uk   us   /ˈdʒʌstɪs/ LAW
[U] the system of laws within a country or state by which people are judged and punished: The decision was welcomed as a great day for the British justice system. Prosecutors alleged that she had obstructed justice by lying to investigators. local/international justicea miscarriage/obstruction of justice Under the new scheme, victims of miscarriages of justice would be entitled to compensation.
[U] the quality of being fair and right: justice for sb We want justice for those who have suffered because of the company's actions. social/racial justice
[C] in the US, a judge in a court of law, especially a higher court: a Supreme Court/Chief Justice

Justicenoun

uk   us   /ˈdʒʌstɪs/ LAW
in the UK, a title used before the name of a judge in the High Court: Mr Justice Cooke
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