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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 12:13:09 PM

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I have come across these:

restore justice
redress an injustice

I wonder whether it could be like this?

restore a justice
redress injustice

Or is justice always uncountable and injustice countable?
tautophile
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 12:41:16 PM
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"Justice" as a concept--that which is right, lawful, etc--is uncountable. "Justice" as the title of a legal personage ("a Justice of the Supreme Court", " justice of the peace", etc) is of course countable. But there is no noun "justice" meaning an example of something just.

"Injustice" as a concept, the opposite of "justice", is uncountable, but "an injustice", an example of injustice or something unjust, is countable.

Thus you can redress an injustice, but you can't restore a justice--unless you're reinstating a judge to his or her office.
Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:24:49 AM

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It's very illogical to have an injustice and not to have a justice.
thar
Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:38:59 AM

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Language fits need.
People complain when an injustice has happened to them.
The response is an act of revenge, or the concept of justice being done.

There is no need for a word for when you do deserve the treatment you get, because nobody can complain about that.

A lot of language seems illogical, but it has all evolved through its survival. Like the duck-billed platypus. Whistle

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