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:
(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.
just so, neat and tidy; carefully arranged:
My mother-in-law is very fussy; everything has to be placed just so.
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
just a moment, just a second, just a minute, an expression requesting the hearer to wait or pause for a brief period of time
just on, having reached exactly: it’s just on five o’clock
late 14c., “righteous in the eyes of God; upright, equitable, impartial; justifiable, reasonable,” from Old French juste “just, righteous; sincere” (12c.), from Latin iustus “upright, equitable,” from ius “right,” especially “legal right, law,” from Old Latin ious, perhaps literally “sacred formula,” a word peculiar to Latin (not general Italic) that originated in the religious cults, from PIE root *yewes- “law” (cf. Avestan yaozda- “make ritually pure;” see jurist). The more mundane Latin law-word lex covered specific laws as opposed to the body of laws. The noun meaning “righteous person or persons” is from late 14c.
“merely, barely,” 1660s, from Middle English sense of “exactly, precisely, punctually” (c.1400), from just (adj.), and paralleling the adverbial use of French juste. Just-so story first attested 1902 in Kipling, from the expression just so “exactly that, in that very way” (1751).
- Just fallen off the turnip truck
adjective phrase Unfledged; inexperienced; ignorant: Detective Benjamin Calazo was not a cop who had just fallen off the turnip truck [1980s+; the agricultural source suggests an earlier date]
- Just for the hell of it
adverb phrase For no definite or useful reason; for fun; casually: He does it, apparently, just for the adrenaline hell of it (1934+) Related Terms for the hell of it
- Just for the record
Let’s get things straight; also, let me make myself clear. For example, Just for the record, we never endorsed this idea, or Just for the record, I didn’t vote for him. This usage employs record in the sense of “public knowledge.” [ Mid-1900s ] Also see: set (the record) straight
noun, Old English Law. 1. See under (def 1). [air] /ɛər/ noun, Old English Law. 1. a circuit made by an itinerant judge (justice in eyre) in medieval England. 2. a county court held by a justice in eyre. /ɛə/ noun (English legal history) 1. any of the circuit courts held in each shire from […]