[ 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.
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
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
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
- 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 exactly it's just on five o'clock
- an expression of complete agreement or of unwillingness to dissent
- arranged with precision
Derived forms of justjustly, adverb justness, 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
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.