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[juhst] /dʒʌst/
guided by truth, reason, justice, and fairness:
We hope to be just in our understanding of such difficult situations.
done or made according to principle; equitable; proper:
a just reply.
based on right; rightful; lawful:
a just claim.
in keeping with truth or fact; true; correct:
a just analysis.
given or awarded rightly; deserved, as a sentence, punishment, or reward:
a just penalty.
in accordance with standards or requirements; proper or right:
just proportions.
(especially in Biblical use) righteous.
actual, real, or genuine.
within a brief preceding time; but a moment before:
The sun just came out.
exactly or precisely:
This is just what I mean.
by a narrow margin; barely:
The arrow just missed the mark.
only or merely:
He was just a clerk until he became ambitious.
actually; really; positively:
The weather is just glorious.
just so, neat and tidy; carefully arranged:
My mother-in-law is very fussy; everything has to be placed just so.
Origin of just1
1325-75; Middle English < Latin jūstus righteous, equivalent to jūs law, right + -tus adj. suffix
Can be confused
gist, jest, just.
1. upright; equitable, fair, impartial. 3. legitimate, legal. 4. accurate, exact; honest. 5. merited, appropriate, condign, suited, apt, due.
1. biased. 4. untrue. 5. unjustified. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for justest
Historical Examples
  • One of the justest of judges: His invaluable 'talent of silence.'

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • I thought his one of the justest and most brilliant minds in college.

    The Youth of Jefferson J. E. Cooke.
  • They appreciate this in the justest manner, but you must beware how you appeal to their heart!

    The Aesthetical Essays Friedrich Schiller
  • She has in the abstract the justest of minds: and that is the curious point about her.

  • I know now what my father meant when he said you were the justest man he ever knew!

    A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill Alice Hegan Rice
  • My brother's education and my own were conducted on the justest principles.

    Ormond, Volume III (of 3)

    Charles Brockden Brown
  • After all, the justest estimate of Whitman and his book is his own.

    Walt Whitman Yesterday and Today Henry Eduard Legler
  • Soft is the very word for her eye—of all epithets, the justest that could be given.

    Emma Jane Austen
  • Verily, of the world's women 'twas she was the dearest and loveliest and justest that the eyes of men had ever beheld.

  • They were regarded as the justest of men, and on this account were intrusted with the settlement of private and public disputes.

    Celtic Religion Edward Anwyl
British Dictionary definitions for justest


adjective (dʒʌst)
  1. fair or impartial in action or judgment
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the just
conforming to high moral standards; honest
consistent with justice: a just action
rightly applied or given; deserved: a just reward
legally valid; lawful: a just inheritance
well-founded; reasonable: just criticism
correct, accurate, or true: a just account
adverb (dʒʌst; unstressed) (dʒəst)
used with forms of have to indicate an action performed in the very recent past: I have just closed the door
at this very instant: he's just coming in to land
no more than; merely; only: just an ordinary car
exactly; precisely: that's just what I mean
by a small margin; barely: he just got there in time
(intensifier): it's just wonderful to see you
(informal) indeed; with a vengeance: isn't it just
just about
  1. at the point of starting (to do something)
  2. very nearly; almost: I've just about had enough
just a moment, just a second, just a minute, an expression requesting the hearer to wait or pause for a brief period of time
just now
  1. a very short time ago
  2. at this moment
  3. (South African, informal) in a little while
just on, having reached exactly: it's just on five o'clock
just so
  1. an expression of complete agreement or of unwillingness to dissent
  2. arranged with precision
Derived Forms
justly, adverb
justness, noun
Usage note
The use of just with exactly (it's just exactly what they want) is redundant and should be avoided: it's exactly what they want
Word Origin
C14: from Latin jūstus righteous, from jūs justice
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Word Origin and History for justest



"merely, barely," 1660s, from Middle English sense of "exactly, precisely, punctually" (c.1400), from just (adj.), and paralleling the adverbial use of French juste. Just-so story first attested 1902 in Kipling, from the expression just so "exactly that, in that very way" (1751).



late 14c., "righteous in the eyes of God; upright, equitable, impartial; justifiable, reasonable," from Old French juste "just, righteous; sincere" (12c.), from Latin iustus "upright, equitable," from ius "right," especially "legal right, law," from Old Latin ious, perhaps literally "sacred formula," a word peculiar to Latin (not general Italic) that originated in the religious cults, from PIE root *yewes- "law" (cf. Avestan yaozda- "make ritually pure;" see jurist). The more mundane Latin law-word lex covered specific laws as opposed to the body of laws. The noun meaning "righteous person or persons" is from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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