just

adjective
\ ˈjəst \

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 , 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 , ˈjüst \

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 \ noun

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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

Members of a just society have the responsibility to share their resources for the common good — in this case, finding treatments and cures for serious diseases. Allan Hugh Cole Jr., STAT, "Finding new treatments for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s shouldn’t be up to pharma alone," 26 June 2018 With just days to go until the royal wedding on Saturday, Meghan Markle is apparently ironing out a major wrinkle in the plans: Who will walk her down the aisle to marry Prince Harry? Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Who will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at royal wedding?," 15 May 2018 While many have acquired fan-favorite status over time (like the classic Maybelline Great Lash Mascara), few have done it just days after their big reveal. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "Briogeo's Be Gentle, Be Kind Shampoo and Conditioner Are Already Sephora Best-Sellers," 15 June 2018 The demonstration was made up of more than just students, signs and speeches. CBS News, "Sky Bouche, suspected Florida school shooter, appears in court," 21 Apr. 2018 Somehow, though, the reasonable and just expansion of these universes to include the kinds of people who never used get past the turbolift doors has made a vocal slice of fandom lose its mind. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Star Wars and the Battle of the Ever-More Toxic Fan Culture," 6 June 2018 The big test run for our growing blended family and our Happier Yellow House is just days away. Marni Jameson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "They’re coming! Part 3: Furnishing the great outdoors," 1 June 2018 This all happened just days before South Korea's parliamentary election and Heo claims the women were brought to Seoul to boost the prospects of the conservative party of former President Park. Paula Hancocks, Jungeun Kim And Yoonjung Seo, CNN, "Restaurant manager reveals he tricked North Korean waitresses into defecting," 21 May 2018 The 25-year-old has made 39 appearances for United this season, and made a big impact with a brilliant display in United's 2-0 win over Swansea on Saturday, just days after impressing for England against Holland and Italy. SI.com, "Report Reveals Key Reason Why Man Utd Chose Not to Sign Arsenal's Mesut Ozil in January Window," 2 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

In December 2015, just days after signing right-hander Zack Greinke to a $206.5 million deal, the Diamondbacks felt the time was right to push all-in. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller trade still haunting them," 13 July 2018 The charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller were revealed just days before President Donald Trump has his first formal encounter with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. NBC News, "Mueller charges Russian intelligence officers with hacking DNC, Clinton," 13 July 2018 WC BID Tensions are escalating in the build-up to the 2026 World Cup bidding vote that will take place in Moscow on June 13, just a day before the 2018 World Cup kicks off on June 14. Steven Goff, Houston Chronicle, "FIFA president: World Cup could expand to 48 teams in 2022, ahead of schedule," 13 July 2018 The poll was conducted from July 2-8, just days ahead of Trump’s announcement of his second high court nominee. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: ACLU asks court to force government to pay cost of reuniting migrant families," 13 July 2018 And this particular day was just the day to kick it off and to introduce it to people. Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "Build-a-Bear CEO apologizes for 'Pay Your Age' sale fail," 13 July 2018 The charges come just days before President Trump is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Russian intelligence officers indicted in DNC hacking," 13 July 2018 And the Bercy will need just that — some more time to evolve and refine an identity of its own to become the distinctive neighborhood brasserie that rising Ardmore deserves. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "The Bercy adds French brasserie sheen to thriving Ardmore scene," 13 July 2018 But during the winter dormant season root systems are just that — dormant. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "There's no such thing as 'average' Kentucky weather. And trees hate that," 13 July 2018

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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

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

Adverb

see just entry 1

Adjective

Latin justus lawful, merited, from jus right, law

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just

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of just

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 \

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

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