in a just manner; honestly; fairly: Deal justly with the prisoners.
in conformity to fact or rule; accurately.
deservedly; as deserved.

Nearby words

  1. justinian ii,
  2. justinianian,
  3. justitia,
  4. justitia omnibus,
  5. justle,
  6. justness,
  7. jut,
  8. jute,
  9. jute board,
  10. jutes

Origin of justly

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at just1, -ly

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Word Origin and History for justly



early 14c., "in an adjacent position, closely," from just (adj.) + -ly (2). Meanings "truthfully, honestly," "in an equitable manner, with justice, fairly" are from late 14c. Sense of "justifiably, with good reason" is from c.1400; that of "legally, legitimately, rightfully" is early 15c.

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