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Definition of justice noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the fair treatment of people laws based on the principles of justice They are demanding equal rights and justice. opposite injustice see also poetic justice, rough justice
  2. 2[uncountable] the quality of being fair or reasonable Who can deny the justice of their cause? He demanded, not without justice, that he should be allowed to express his views. opposite injustice
  3. 3[uncountable] the legal system used to punish people who have committed crimes the criminal justice system The U.S. Department of Justice They were accused of attempting to obstruct justice. see also miscarriage of justice
  4. 4Justice [countable] a judge in a court (also used before the name of a judge) see also chief justice
  5. Topic CollocationsCriminal Justicebreaking the law break/violate/obey/uphold the law be investigated/arrested/tried for a crime/a robbery/fraud be arrested/indicted/convicted on felony charges/on charges of rape/fraud be arrested on suspicion of arson/robbery/shoplifting be accused of/be charged with murder/homicide/four counts of fraud face two charges of assault and battery admit your guilt/liability/responsibility (for something) deny the allegations/claims/charges confess to a crime be granted/be refused/be released on/skip/jump bailthe legal process stand/await/bring somebody to/come to/be on trial take somebody to/come to/settle something out of court face/avoid/escape prosecution seek/retain/have the right to/be denied access to legal counsel hold/conduct/attend/adjourn a hearing/trial sit on/influence/persuade/convince/advise a jury stand/appear/be brought before a judge plead guilty/not guilty to a crime be called to/take/put somebody on the stand/the witness stand call/subpoena/question/cross-examine a witness give/hear the evidence against/on behalf of somebody raise/withdraw/overrule an objection reach a unanimous/majority verdict return/deliver/record a verdict of guilty/not guilty convict/acquit the defendant of the crime secure a conviction/your acquittal lodge/file an appeal appeal (against)/challenge/uphold/overturn a conviction/verdictsentencing and punishment sentence somebody to 5 years in prison/2 years' probation carry/face/serve a seven-year/life sentence receive/be given the death penalty be sentenced to ten years (in prison/jail) carry/impose/pay a fine (of $3,000)/a penalty (of 14 years' imprisonment) be imprisoned/jailed for drug possession/fraud/murder do/serve time/ten years be sent to/put somebody in/be released from jail/prison be/put somebody/spend 13 years on death row be granted/be denied/violate (your) parole ⇨ more collocations at crimeIdioms
    bring somebody to justice
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    to arrest someone for a crime and put them on trial in court
      do justice to somebody/something; do somebody/something justice
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    1. 1to treat or represent someone or something fairly, especially in a way that shows how good, attractive, etc. they are That photo doesn't do you justice. He didn't play as well as he can, but to do him justice, it was his first game since his injury. The review did not do justice to her talents.
    2. 2to deal with someone or something correctly and completely You cannot do justice to such a complex situation in just a few pages. I didn't feel well and wasn't able to do justice to the meal she had cooked (= I could not eat all the food).
    do yourself justice
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    to do something as well as you can in order to show other people how good you are She didn't do herself justice in the exam.
    obstruct justice (law)
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    to tell a lie or to do something in order to prevent the police, etc. from finding out the truth about a crime
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: justice