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\ˈjəst, ˈjüst\

Definition of just

  1. archaic variant of joust



adjective \ˈjəst\

Simple Definition of just

  • : agreeing with what is considered morally right or good

  • : treating people in a way that is considered morally right

  • : reasonable or proper

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of just

  1. 1 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>

  2. 2 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>

justly adverb
justness play \ˈjəs(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of just in a sentence

  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

Synonym Discussion of just

fair, just, equitable, impartial, unbiased, dispassionate, objective mean free from favor toward either or any side. fair implies a proper balance of conflicting interests <a fair decision>. just implies an exact following of a standard of what is right and proper <a just settlement of territorial claims>. equitable implies a less rigorous standard than just and usually suggests equal treatment of all concerned <the equitable distribution of the property>. impartial stresses an absence of favor or prejudice <an impartial third party>. unbiased implies even more strongly an absence of all prejudice <your unbiased opinion>. dispassionate suggests freedom from the influence of strong feeling and often implies cool or even cold judgment <a dispassionate summation of the facts>. objective stresses a tendency to view events or persons as apart from oneself and one's own interest or feelings <I can't be objective about my own child>.

upright, honest, just, conscientious, scrupulous, honorable mean having or showing a strict regard for what is morally right. upright implies a strict adherence to moral principles <a stern and upright minister>. honest stresses adherence to such virtues as truthfulness, candor, fairness <known for being honest in business dealings>. just stresses conscious choice and regular practice of what is right or equitable <workers given just compensation>. conscientious and scrupulous imply an active moral sense governing all one's actions and painstaking efforts to follow one's conscience <conscientious in the completion of her assignments> <scrupulous in carrying out the terms of the will>. honorable suggests a firm holding to codes of right behavior and the guidance of a high sense of honor and duty <a difficult but honorable decision>.

Rhymes with just



adverb \ˈjəst, ˈjist, ˈjest also without t\

Simple Definition of just

  • : to an exact degree or in an exact manner

  • : very recently

  • : at this or that exact moment or time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of just

  1. 1 a :  exactly, precisely <just right> b :  very recently <the bell just rang>

  2. 2 a :  by a very small margin :  barely <just too late> b :  immediately, directly <just west of here>

  3. 3 a :  only, simply <just last year> <just be yourself> b :  quite, very <just wonderful>

  4. 4 :  perhaps, possibly <it just might work>

just about
  1. :  almost <the work is just about done>

Examples of just in a sentence

  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.

15th Century

First Known Use of just

15th century

JUST Defined for Kids



adjective \ˈjəst\

Definition of just for Students

  1. 1 :  being what is deserved <a just punishment>

  2. 2 :  having a foundation in fact or reason :  reasonable <a just decision>

  3. 3 :  agreeing with a standard of correctness <a just price>

  4. 4 :  morally right or good <a just cause> <a just man>

justly adverb

Word Root of just

The Latin word jus, meaning “law” or “rights,” and its form juris give us the roots jus and jur. Words from the Latin jus have something to do with law. A juror is a person who decides the facts of a case in a court of law. A jury is a group of jurors. When a decision in a court is just, it is fair and right and agrees with the law. Even the first two letters of judge, to form an opinion about whether something follows the law and is right, come from jus.




Definition of just for Students

  1. 1 :  to an exact degree or in an exact manner <The shirt fits just right.> <You look just like your father.>

  2. 2 :  very recently <She just got here.>

  3. 3 :  by a very small amount :  with nothing to spare <We just managed to fit in his car.>

  4. 4 :  by a very short distance <My best friend lives just east of here.>

  5. 5 :  nothing other than <He's just a child.>

  6. 6 :  1very 2 <My new job is just wonderful.>

Law Dictionary



Legal Definition of just

  1. :  conforming to law or to the underlying principles of law: as a :  conforming to reason or a standard of correctness <just sanctions cannot be excessive in relation to the offense> b :  conforming with what is deemed fair or good <the award of attorney's fees was just> <the application of this rule retroactively is not just>

justly adverb
justness noun

Origin of just

Latin justus lawful, merited, from jus right, law

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expressing little or no emotion

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