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just - Dictionary definition and meaning for word just

(adj) used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting
Example Sentence
  • a just and lasting peace
  • a kind and just man
  • a just reward
  • his just inheritance

(adj) fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience
Synonyms : equitable
Example Sentence
  • equitable treatment of all citizens
  • an equitable distribution of gifts among the children

(adj) free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules
Synonyms : fair
Example Sentence
  • a fair referee
  • fair deal
  • on a fair footing
  • a fair fight
  • by fair means or foul

(adj) of moral excellence
Synonyms : good , upright
Example Sentence
  • a genuinely good person
  • a just cause
  • an upright and respectable man

(adv) and nothing more
Synonyms : but , merely , only , simply
Example Sentence
  • I was merely asking
  • it is simply a matter of time
  • just a scratch
  • he was only a child
  • hopes that last but a moment

(adv) indicating exactness or preciseness
Synonyms : exactly , precisely
Example Sentence
  • he was doing precisely (or exactly) what she had told him to do
  • it was just as he said--the jewel was gone
  • it has just enough salt

(adv) only a moment ago
Synonyms : just now
Example Sentence
  • he has just arrived
  • the sun just now came out

(adv) absolutely
Synonyms : simply
Example Sentence
  • I just can't take it anymore
  • he was just grand as Romeo
  • it's simply beautiful!

(adv) only a very short time before
Synonyms : barely , hardly , scarce , scarcely
Example Sentence
  • they could barely hear the speaker
  • we hardly knew them
  • just missed being hit
  • had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open
  • would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave

(adv) exactly at this moment or the moment described
Example Sentence
  • we've just finished painting the walls, so don't touch them

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