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Meaning & Definition of Just in English

English

Just

/ʤəst/

adjective

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

  • "A just and lasting peace"- a.lincoln
  • "A kind and just man"
  • "A just reward"
  • "His just inheritance"
    synonym:
  • just

2. Fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience

  • "Equitable treatment of all citizens"
  • "An equitable distribution of gifts among the children"
    synonym:
  • equitable
  • ,
  • just

3. Free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception

  • Conforming with established standards or rules
  • "A fair referee"
  • "Fair deal"
  • "On a fair footing"
  • "A fair fight"
  • "By fair means or foul"
    synonym:
  • fair
  • ,
  • just

4. Of moral excellence

  • "A genuinely good person"
  • "A just cause"
  • "An upright and respectable man"
    synonym:
  • good
  • ,
  • just
  • ,
  • upright

adverb

1. And nothing more

  • "I was merely asking"
  • "It is simply a matter of time"
  • "Just a scratch"
  • "He was only a child"
  • "Hopes that last but a moment"
    synonym:
  • merely
  • ,
  • simply
  • ,
  • just
  • ,
  • only
  • ,
  • but

2. Indicating exactness or preciseness

  • "He 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"
    synonym:
  • precisely
  • ,
  • exactly
  • ,
  • just

3. Only a moment ago

  • "He has just arrived"
  • "The sun just now came out"
    synonym:
  • just
  • ,
  • just now

4. Absolutely

  • "I just can't take it anymore"
  • "He was just grand as romeo"
  • "It's simply beautiful!"
    synonym:
  • just
  • ,
  • simply

5. Only a very short time before

  • "They 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"- w.b.yeats
    synonym:
  • barely
  • ,
  • hardly
  • ,
  • just
  • ,
  • scarcely
  • ,
  • scarce

6. Exactly at this moment or the moment described

  • "We've just finished painting the walls, so don't touch them"
    synonym:
  • just

Examples of using

Someone just turned off the lights.
The facts are just the reverse of what Tom told you.
We can survive without food... just not for too long.