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 joust

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Whether recording a forthright gaze or focusing on just arms and hands, Wondemu makes pictures that are intense and evocative. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 Few politicians risk losing their next election to take the high ground of just action. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 So, a hypothetical third party candidate in 2024 wouldn’t need to rely on just independents. David Paleologos, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 Another challenge of just transitions is that the needs of each community will differ. J. Mijin Cha, Scientific American, 6 July 2022 Eight women filed victim impact statements asking the judge to consider their suffering in determining a just sentence for Maxwell. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 27 June 2022 In a just world, though, all of them will find stiff competition in the men of Severance. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 June 2022 But, in their research, the team discovered that the opposite was true: The multi-modal systems were likely to fail in the face of adversarial attacks than simpler A.I. systems trained on just images or text. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 21 June 2022 Undergirding this movement is a longing to create a more just world. Julian C. Chambliss, The Conversation, 17 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Iervolino even gave Gomez a couple of kisses on her forehead, which could just be a platonic sign of affection. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 6 Aug. 2022 The increases are not just for the cheapest models, either. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 5 Aug. 2022 The shapes are just hard-edge blocks of black — or in one case, blue — but Novel knew how to give them heft and animation. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 Gerrit Cole just has not been the stopper the Yankees need in big games. Kristie Ackert, Hartford Courant, 5 Aug. 2022 Here's a roundup of Cincinnati-area wineries that might just be your next favorite sip. Taylor Burnette, The Enquirer, 5 Aug. 2022 Or just being a super-Earth that orbits a red dwarf. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 5 Aug. 2022 The property is no longer a golf course and can just be brush hogged, Penn said. Lynn Kutter, Arkansas Online, 4 Aug. 2022 Super Hero, and that's not just a play on the name of the most recent TV series in the world-famous anime franchise. Christian Holub, EW.com, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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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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