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.
Idioms about just
just so, neat and tidy; carefully arranged: My mother-in-law is very fussy; everything has to be placed just so.
Other definitions for just (2 of 2)
- juster, noun
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How to use just in a sentence
It was reserved for Finlay to depict, with greater knowledge and a juster perception, the lights and shades of Byzantine history.
This acknowledgment has led to the establishment of juster terms for women's labor by the Federal Supreme Court.Making Both Ends Meet | Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
The stage might give stirring examples of mistaken education, and lead parents to juster, better views of the subject.The Aesthetical Essays | Friedrich Schiller
A more select society would know to set a juster value upon your merit.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume II (of 2) | John Hill Burton
A juster estimate of chivalrous manners is to be deduced from romances.
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 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
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
at the point of starting (to do something)
very nearly; almost: I'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 exactly: it's just on five o'clock
an expression of complete agreement or of unwillingness to dissent
arranged with precision
- justly, adverb
- justness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other 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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