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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

Etymologies

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

Middle English juste, from Old French, from Latin iūstus; see yewes- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Variation of joust, presumably ultimately from Latin iuxta 'near, besides'.

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