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English adjective: just

1. just used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting


SamplesA just and lasting peace.
A kind and just man.
A just reward.
His just inheritance.


Similarconscionable, fitting, meet, retributive, retributory, rightful, vindicatory


See alsofair, honorable, honourable, just, right, righteous


Antonymsunjust

2. just fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience


SamplesEquitable treatment of all citizens.
An equitable distribution of gifts among the children.


Synonymsequitable


Similarevenhanded, fair, honest


See alsofair, impartial, just, just


Antonymsinequitable, unjust

3. just free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules


SamplesA fair referee.
Fair deal.
On a fair footing.
A fair fight.
By fair means or foul.


Synonymsfair


Similarantimonopoly, antitrust, clean, fair-and-square, fair-minded, sporting, sportsmanlike, sporty


See alsoimpartial, just, reasonable, sensible


Attributeequity, fairness


Antonymsunfair, unjust

4. just of moral excellence


SamplesA genuinely good person.
A just cause.
An upright and respectable man.


Synonymsgood, upright


Similarrighteous


Antonymsunrighteous


English adverb: just

1. just and nothing more


SamplesI was merely asking.
It is simply a matter of time.
Just a scratch.
He was only a child.
Hopes that last but a moment.


Synonymsbut, merely, only, simply

2. just indicating exactness or preciseness


SamplesHe 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.


Synonymsexactly, precisely

3. just only a moment ago


SamplesHe has just arrived.
The sun just now came out.


Synonymsjust now

4. just absolutely


SamplesI just can't take it anymore.
He was just grand as Romeo.
It's simply beautiful!.


Synonymssimply


Domain usageintensifier, intensive

5. just only a very short time before


SamplesThey 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.


Synonymsbarely, hardly, scarce, scarcely

6. just exactly at this moment or the moment described


SamplesWe've just finished painting the walls, so don't touch them.









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