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noun     justice pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] treatment of people that is fair and morally right

    the struggle for freedom and justice

    social justice:

    a society based on democracy, peace, and social justice

    1. a.
      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

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


      used as a title before the name of a judge

      The trial judge, Mr Justice Mitchell, adjourned the proceedings.

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