just

adjective
\ ˈjəst How to pronounce just (audio) \

Definition of just

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : having a basis in or conforming to fact or reason : reasonable had just reason to believe he was in danger
b : conforming to a standard of correctness : proper just proportions
c archaic : faithful to an original
2a(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

adverb
\ ˈjəst How to pronounce just (audio) , ˈjist, ˈjest also without t \

Definition of just (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : exactly, precisely just right
b : very recently the bell just rang
2a : by a very small margin : barely just too late
b : immediately, directly just west of here
3a : only, simply just last year just be yourself
b : quite, very just wonderful
4 : perhaps, possibly it just might work
just about
: almost the work is just about done

just

\ ˈjəst How to pronounce just (audio) , ˈjüst How to pronounce just (audio) \

Definition of just (Entry 3 of 3)

archaic variant of

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Other Words from just

Adjective

justly adverb
justness \ ˈjəs(t)-​nəs How to pronounce just (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for just

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

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, or 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

Examples of just in a Sentence

Adjective a just cause for war The college treated the allegation with just seriousness. They got their just punishment for the crime. Adverb The store has just the tool you need. That's just what I expected. You have to accept me just as I am. This shirt fits just right. She called him a liar and told him he was just like all the other men she'd met. He was just here a minute ago. She had just returned when he entered. I was just going to telephone you! She's just finishing a letter, and she'll be with you shortly. I arrived just in time to see him win.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That is not supposed to happen in a just and fair court system. Charles Tiefer, Forbes, 5 June 2021 Improving access to timely medical interpretation is a moral imperative in a society looking for a more just system in and out of healthcare. Benjamin Allar, Scientific American, 24 Apr. 2021 There is much to do and undo to create a more just and fair health care system for all Minnesotans. Star Tribune, 11 Apr. 2021 Your attorney will work with the team of financial experts to create a comprehensive inventory of your separate assets, your spouse’s separate assets and the community property estate in order to craft a just and right division. Dallas News, 13 May 2021 For JJJJJerome, a just world is a world where people have equal access to time. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Apr. 2021 Part of the local authorities’ effort to design a post-carbon plan, a project called Rybnik360 aims to transform the region in a just and inclusive way. Emanuela Barbiroglio, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2021 Socialists today must build their own, unaffiliated version of how to achieve a more just world, from the bottom up. Vivian Gornick, The New York Review of Books, 3 Apr. 2020 According to his ideology, state ownership of key parts of the economy is necessary to ensure a just society. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 2 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Again: What Substack offers and what Ghost offers just aren’t all that comparable. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 7 June 2021 The onus is not just on Jackson, whom Buffalo sacked three times and pressured 10 times in three quarters. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 7 June 2021 Technical adjustments are always there, reminded Cassidy, but calculations and strategy are just part of the mosaic. BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2021 The location of your vaccine dose is written on the vaccination card for reference, just in case the background of your vaccine selfie isn't clear. Eric Levenson, CNN, 6 June 2021 But the outlook isn’t uniform, just as the pandemic’s impact hasn’t been. Dallas News, 6 June 2021 The problem is that while some of these ventures might be legit and offer real contributions to this interesting new world of digital finance, some of these may just be scams. Nicole Lapin, Forbes, 6 June 2021 Fake is one thing, but some home security tech just isn’t up to snuff, like these five video doorbells that failed security tests. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 6 June 2021 Someone might adopt the opposite viewpoint in a discussion seemingly just to be contrary. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 5 June 2021

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First Known Use of just

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for just

Adjective and Adverb

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French juste, from Latin justus, from jus right, law; akin to Sanskrit yos welfare

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The first known use of just was in the 14th century

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9 Jun 2021

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“Just.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/just. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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just

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of just

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal
: agreeing with what is considered morally right or good
: treating people in a way that is considered morally right
: reasonable or proper

just

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of just (Entry 2 of 2)

: to an exact degree or in an exact manner
: very recently
: at this or that exact moment or time

just

adjective
\ ˈjəst How to pronounce just (audio) \

Kids Definition of just

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being what is deserved a just punishment
2 : having a foundation in fact or reason : reasonable a just decision
3 : agreeing with a standard of correctness a just price
4 : morally right or good a just cause a just man

Other Words from just

justly adverb

just

adverb

Kids Definition of just (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to an exact degree or in an exact manner The shirt fits just right. You look just like your father.
2 : very recently She just got here.
3 : by a very small amount : with nothing to spare We just managed to fit in his car.
4 : by a very short distance My best friend lives just east of here.
5 : nothing other than He's just a child.
6 : very entry 1 sense 2 My new job is just wonderful.

just

adjective

Legal Definition of just

: 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

Other Words from just

justly adverb
justness noun

History and Etymology for just

Latin justus lawful, merited, from jus right, law

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