from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Honorable and fair in one's dealings and actions: a just ruler. See Synonyms at fair1.
  • adj. Consistent with what is morally right; righteous: a just cause.
  • adj. Properly due or merited: just deserts.
  • adj. Law Valid within the law; lawful: just claims.
  • adj. Suitable or proper in nature; fitting: a just touch of solemnity.
  • adj. Based on fact or sound reason; well-founded: a just appraisal.
  • adv. Precisely; exactly: just enough salt.
  • adv. Only a moment ago: He just arrived.
  • adv. By a narrow margin; barely: just missed being hit; just caught the bus before it pulled away.
  • adv. At a little distance: just down the road.
  • adv. Merely; only: just a scratch.
  • adv. Simply; certainly: It's just beautiful!
  • adv. Perhaps; possibly: I just may go.
  • idiom just about Almost; very nearly: This job is just about done.
  • idiom just now Only a moment ago.
  • idiom just the same Nevertheless.
  • n. Variant of joust.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Factually fair; correct; proper.
  • adj. Morally fair; upright; righteous, equitable.
  • adv. Only, simply, merely.
  • adv. Used to reduce the force of an imperative; simply.
  • adv. Used to convey a less serious or formal tone
  • adv. Used to show humility.
  • adv. Moments ago, recently
  • adv. By a narrow margin; closely; nearly
  • adv. exactly, perfectly.
  • adv. Precisely
  • n. A joust, tournament.
  • v. To joust, fight a tournament.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Conforming or conformable to rectitude or justice; not doing wrong to any; violating no right or obligation; upright; righteous; honest; true; -- said both of persons and things.
  • adj. Not transgressing the requirement of truth and propriety; conformed to the truth of things, to reason, or to a proper standard; exact; normal; reasonable; regular; due
  • adj. Rendering or disposed to render to each one his due; equitable; fair; impartial.
  • adv. Precisely; exactly; -- in place, time, or degree; neither more nor less than is stated.
  • adv. Closely; nearly; almost.
  • adv. Barely; merely; scarcely; only; by a very small space or time
  • n. A joust.
  • intransitive v. To joust.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Right in law or ethics
  • Right in character or quality
  • Strictly accurate; exact; precise; proper.
  • Agreeable to the common standard; full; complete.
  • Right-minded; good in intention
  • Carefully mindful; faithful; followed by to, and formerly also by of: as, to be just to one's engagements.
  • In music, harmonically pure, correct, and exact; in perfect tune: as, just interval, intonation, temperament: opposed in general to impure and incorrect, and specifically to tempered.
  • Exactly, in space, time, kind, or degree; precisely; without interval, deviation, or variation; absolutely: as, just five miles; just noon; just so; just as I thought.
  • Within a little; with very little but a sufficient difference; nearly; almost exactly; as, I stood just by him; I saw him just now.
  • Merely; barely; by or with a narrow margin: as, you just missed the mark; he is just a little displeased.
  • But now; very lately; within a brief past time.
  • Quite: in intensive use: as, just awful.
  • Directly; immediately; without delay: as, I will attend to it just now.
  • To engage in a tournament or just; tilt.
  • n. A military contest or spectacle in which two adversaries attacked each other with blunted lances, rarely with sharp weapons as in war; a knightly tilt.
  • n. A pot or jug, made of earthenware or metal, with large body and straight neck, for holding liquids.
  • n. An abbreviation of Justice;
  • n. of Justinian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of moral excellence
  • adv. exactly at this moment or the moment described
  • adj. fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience
  • adv. absolutely
  • adv. only a very short time before
  • adj. free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules
  • adv. indicating exactness or preciseness
  • adv. only a moment ago
  • adv. and nothing more
  • adj. used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting


Middle English juste, from Old French, from Latin iūstus; see yewes- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English juste, from Old French juste, from Latin iustus ("just, lawful, rightful, true, due, proper, moderate"), from ius ("law, right"). Cognate with Dutch & Scottish juist, French juste etc. (Wiktionary)
Variation of joust, presumably ultimately from Latin iuxta 'near, besides'. (Wiktionary)



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