[ 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.
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Idioms for just
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
SYNONYMS FOR just
Words nearby just
Definition for just (2 of 2)
[ juhst ]
/ dʒʌst /
noun, verb (used without object)
OTHER WORDS FROM justjust·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for just
- fair or impartial in action or judgment
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the just
conforming to high moral standards; honest
consistent with justicea just action
rightly applied or given; deserveda just reward
legally valid; lawfula just inheritance
well-founded; reasonablejust criticism
correct, accurate, or truea just account
adverb (dʒʌst, unstressed dʒəst)
used with forms of have to indicate an action performed in the very recent pastI have just closed the door
at this very instanthe's just coming in to land
no more than; merely; onlyjust an ordinary car
exactly; preciselythat's just what I mean
by a small margin; barelyhe just got there in time
(intensifier)it's just wonderful to see you
informal indeed; with a vengeanceisn't it just
- at the point of starting (to do something)
- very nearly; almostI've just about had enough
just a moment, just a second or just a minute an expression requesting the hearer to wait or pause for a brief period of time
- a very short time ago
- at this moment
- Southern African informal in a little while
just on having reached exactlyit's just on five o'clock
- an expression of complete agreement or of unwillingness to dissent
- arranged with precision
Derived forms of justjustly, adverbjustness, noun
Word Origin for just
C14: from Latin jūstus righteous, from jūs justice
usage for just
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
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Idioms and Phrases with just
In addition to the idioms beginning with just
- just about
- just a minute
- just as
- just as soon
- just deserts
- just folks
- just for the record
- just in case
- just in time
- just like that
- just now
- just one of those things
- just so
- just the same
- just the ticket
- just what the doctor ordered
- all (just) the same
- get it (you just don't)
- take it (just so much)
Also see underjustice.
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