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noun     justice pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the fact that something is reasonable and fair

    He appealed to their sense of justice.

    Campaigners are convinced of the justice of their cause.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the legal process of judging and punishing people

    the criminal justice system

    a miscarriage of justice (=when the wrong person is punished):

    one of the worst miscarriages of justice ever seen

    1. a.
      a fair result or punishment from a law court

      The family is determined to see justice done.

      Criminals with political connections sometimes escape justice.

      obstruct justice (=prevent the legal process of justice):

      She was accused of attempting to obstruct justice.

  3. 3
    [countable] American a judge in a law court in the U.S.
    1. a.


      used as a title before the name of a judge in the U.K.
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