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

The states' reliance on FTP highlights the uneven security practices in online election systems just days before the midterm elections. Jack Gillum And Jeff Kao, Ars Technica, "File-sharing software on state election servers could expose them to intruders," 5 Nov. 2018 With just days to go until Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Windsor wedding, a number of questions remain. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Buckingham Palace Just Shared the Cutest Childhood Photos of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank," 9 Oct. 2018 According to multiple outlets, Kate traveled to Ireland just days after her breakup from Prince William. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Kate Middleton and Prince William Broke Up Before They Got Married," 23 Sep. 2018 Start making a list, and checking it twice because Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty sale might be just days away. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "21 Days of Beauty at Ulta Might Be Starting on September 2," 22 Aug. 2018 Light, sweet crude for August delivery declined $2.95, or 4.2%, to $68.06 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, just days after last Wednesday’s 5% drop that was its largest one-day fall in more than a year. Christopher Alessi, WSJ, "Oil Falls as Traders Anticipate Higher Supply," 16 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The district is spending $153,200 contract to build the new courts at Nike, which will be located just east of existing tennis courts. Gary Gibula, Naperville Sun, "Naperville answering demand for pickleball with new courts at Nike Complex, Southwest Park," 14 July 2018 Paul Blart: Mall Cop' was just 'Die Hard' with less-cool transportation Bad guys taking over a building with only one law enforcement officer who can save everyone. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "30 pop-culture references that prove 'Die Hard' is as awesome as ever, 30 years later," 13 July 2018 And the insiders who are paying for the trip aren’t going just for the great Chinese food. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "For Mayor Globe-trotter, it's the money that matters," 13 July 2018 The stores have also been a destination for some who visit just for the nostalgia. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s last 2 Blockbuster stores are closing, leaving just one in the U.S.," 13 July 2018 These calls weren’t just for livestock issues, but for all issues pertaining to black vultures. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 Yes, now there's a discussion network just for people who channel their frustrations in life into obsessive workouts. David Pogue, Scientific American, "Megamergers I’d Like to See," 13 July 2018 Shamrock Park is at the corner of Hickory Avenue and Lee Way, just north of Bel Air Town Hall. The Aegis, "Pavilion installed at Shamrock Park, equipment improved," 13 July 2018 His family has a history of concern not just for the church, but for justice. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "What two fictional Gileads can teach us about America in 2018," 12 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

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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

History and Etymology for just

Latin justus lawful, merited, from jus right, law

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