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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


\ 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


\ 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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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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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 Pursuing a just and durable two-state solution might seem naïve. Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 But Pelosi said that impeachment and conviction would serve as a just punishment and could prevent Trump from running for office again. Jaclyn Peiser, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Jan. 2021 Cushioned by a sovereign wealth fund designed for this very purpose, its welfare state is developed enough to manage a just transition that adequately compensates affected workers and communities. Ian Bremmer, Time, 10 Sep. 2021 Kenning’s stories tapped into the anxiety of communities grappling with a shifting culture and economy and seeking a just transition. Matt Mencarini, The Courier-Journal, 11 Aug. 2021 Across the world, young people are calling for a just transition to a resilient climate future that is equitable for everyone. Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 The Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders steps up and calls on G7 and other world leaders to accelerate a just transition. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 11 June 2021 In honor of Black History Month, Sidney Baptista launched PYNRS this month via Kickstarter, and the line is about more than just style. Tonya Russell, Health.com, 19 Feb. 2021 The email acknowledged that there is racial trauma due to the trial and there is more work to do to have a just and equitable community and school district. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Others are simply standard-fare teenage bullying — like students stealing tennis shoes off unsuspecting feet from under restroom stalls — or just straight-up gross: see the one teen plundering urinal cakes with his bare hands. Brock Colyar, Curbed, 24 Sep. 2021 Don’t expect many other countries to follow that trail just yet, as things are not going well. David Meyer, Fortune, 24 Sep. 2021 This game will show just how ready Jordan Fuller and Taylor Rapp are for the bright lights. Adam Burke Vsin, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2021 The theater moved to Lawrenceville in 2007, in a partnership with the city, into an old 1904 Methodist Church building that had been renovated and expanded just to house the Aurora. Rosalind Bentley, ajc, 24 Sep. 2021 Frumes and Derulo, who share a birthday, celebrated their birthdays in Aspen, Colorado, just a day prior, with Frumes sharing a sweet post for the singer. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 24 Sep. 2021 This is a movie that repeatedly calls out a dead kid just to make its points. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 24 Sep. 2021 Marin County parent Carl Krawitt offers his own community as an example of just how powerful a tool school mandates can be. Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Sep. 2021 Holmes increased its lead to 35-28 just 1:08 into the fourth quarter when Medelez connected with a wide-open Ramirez for a 64-yard touchdown pass. Stephen Whitaker, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of just


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


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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jus soli


just a friend

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English Language Learners Definition of just

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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


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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



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.



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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