\ˈjəst, ˈjüst\

Definition of JUST

archaic variant of joust


adjective \ˈjəst\

: agreeing with what is considered morally right or good

: treating people in a way that is considered morally right

: reasonable or proper

Full Definition of JUST

a :  having a basis in or conforming to fact or reason :  reasonable <a just but not a generous decision>
b archaic :  faithful to an original
c :  conforming to a standard of correctness :  proper <just proportions>
a (1) :  acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good :  righteous <a just war> (2) :  being what is merited :  deserved <a just punishment>
b :  legally correct :  lawful <just title to an estate>
just·ly adverb
just·ness \ˈjəs(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of JUST

  1. a just cause for war
  2. The college treated the allegation with just seriousness.
  3. They got their just punishment for the crime.

Origin of JUST

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French juste, from Latin justus, from jus right, law; akin to Sanskrit yos welfare
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with JUST


adverb \ˈjəst, ˈjist, ˈjest also without t\

: to an exact degree or in an exact manner

: very recently

: at this or that exact moment or time

Full Definition of JUST

a :  exactly, precisely <just right>
b :  very recently <the bell just rang>
a :  by a very small margin :  barely <just too late>
b :  immediately, directly <just west of here>
a :  only, simply <just last year> <just be yourself>
b :  quite, very <just wonderful>
:  perhaps, possibly <it just might work>
just about
:  almost <the work is just about done>

Examples of JUST

  1. The store has just the tool you need.
  2. That's just what I expected.
  3. You have to accept me just as I am.
  4. This shirt fits just right.
  5. She called him a liar and told him he was just like all the other men she'd met.
  6. He was just here a minute ago.
  7. She had just returned when he entered.
  8. I was just going to telephone you!
  9. She's just finishing a letter, and she'll be with you shortly.
  10. I arrived just in time to see him win.

First Known Use of JUST

15th century

Related to JUST


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