- The definition of just is fair or right.
An example of just is proper, lawful punishment for a crime.
- Just is defined as right before or merely.
- An example of just is a boy entering the school immediately prior to the late bell ringing.
- An example of just is working only a few hours per week.
- right or fair; equitable; impartial: a just decision
- righteous; upright: a just man
- deserved; merited: just praise
- legally right; lawful; rightful
- proper, fitting, etc.: a just balance of colors
- well-founded; reasonable: a just suspicion
- correct or true: a just report
- accurate; exact: a just measure
Origin of justMiddle English from Old French juste from Classical Latin justus, lawful, rightful, proper from jus, right, law: see jury
- neither more nor less than; precisely; exactly: just one o'clock
- almost at the point of; nearly: just preparing to leave
- no more than; only: just a taste, just teasing you
- by a very small amount; barely: to just miss a train
- a very short time ago: she has just left
- immediately: just east of the church
- Informal quite; really: to feel just fine
just the same
- Honorable and fair in one's dealings and actions: a just ruler. See Synonyms at fair1.
- Consistent with what is morally right; righteous: a just cause.
- Properly due or merited: just deserts.
- Law Valid within the law; lawful: just claims.
- Suitable or proper in nature; fitting: a just touch of solemnity.
- Based on fact or sound reason; well-founded: a just appraisal.
- Precisely; exactly: just enough salt.
- Only a moment ago: He just arrived.
- By a narrow margin; barely: just missed being hit; just caught the bus before it pulled away.
- At a little distance: just down the road.
- Merely; only: just a scratch.
- Simply; certainly: It's just beautiful!
- Perhaps; possibly: I just may go.
Origin of justMiddle English juste from Old French from Latin iūstus ; see yewes- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more just or juster, superlative most just or justest)
- Only, simply, merely.
- Plant just a few tomatoes, unless you can, freeze, or dry them.
- He calls it vermilion, but it's just red to me.
- (sentence adverb) Used to reduce the force of an imperative; simply.
- Just follow the directions on the box.
- (speech act) Used to convey a less serious or formal tone
- I just called to say "hi".
- (speech act) Used to show humility.
- Lord, we just want to thank You and praise Your Name.
- Moments ago, recently.
- They just left, but you may leave a message at the desk.
- By a narrow margin; closely; nearly.
- The fastball just missed my head!
- The piece just might fit.
- Exactly, perfectly.
- He wants everything just right for the big day.
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.
(third-person singular simple present justs, present participle justing, simple past and past participle justed)
- To joust, fight a tournament.