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JUST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does just mean? 

JUST (adjective)
  The adjective JUST has 4 senses:

1. used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting
2. implying justice dictated by reason, conscience, and a natural sense of what is fair to all
3. free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; or conforming with established standards or rules
4. of moral excellence

  Familiarity information: JUST used as an adjective is uncommon.


JUST (adverb)
  The adverb JUST has 5 senses:

1. and nothing more
2. indicating exactness or preciseness
3. only a moment ago
4. absolutely
5. by a small margin

  Familiarity information: JUST used as an adverb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


JUST (adjective)


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Meaning:

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

Context examples:

a just and lasting peace / a kind and just man / a just reward / his just inheritance

Similar:

conscionable (acceptable to your conscience)

fitting; meet (being precisely fitting and right)

retributive; retributory; vindicatory (given or inflicted in requital according to merits or deserts)

rightful (legally valid)

Also:

righteous (characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice)

right (in conformance with justice or law or morality)

honorable; honourable (worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect)

fair; just (free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; or conforming with established standards or rules)

Antonym:

unjust (violating principles of justice)


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Meaning:

Implying justice dictated by reason, conscience, and a natural sense of what is fair to all

Synonyms:

equitable; just

Context examples:

equitable treatment of all citizens / an equitable distribution of gifts among the children

Similar:

evenhanded (without partiality)


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Meaning:

Free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; or conforming with established standards or rules

Synonyms:

fair; just

Context examples:

a fair referee / fair deal / on a fair footing / a fair fight / by fair means or foul

Similar:

antimonopoly; antitrust (of laws and regulations; designed to protect trade and commerce from unfair business practices)

clean; sporting; sportsmanlike; sporty (exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play)

fair-minded (of a person; just and impartial; not prejudiced)

fair-and-square (just and honest)

Also:

reasonable; sensible (showing reason or sound judgment)

just (used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting)

fair; impartial (showing lack of favoritism)

Attribute:

equity; fairness (conformity with rules or standards)


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Meaning:

Of moral excellence

Synonyms:

upright; just; good

Context examples:

a genuinely good person / a just cause / an upright and respectable man

Similar:

righteous (characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice)


JUST (adverb)


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Meaning:

And nothing more

Synonyms:

simply; only; merely; just; but

Context examples:

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


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Meaning:

Indicating exactness or preciseness

Synonyms:

exactly; precisely; just

Context examples:

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


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Meaning:

Only a moment ago

Synonyms:

just now; just

Context examples:

he has just arrived / the sun just now came out


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Meaning:

Absolutely

Synonyms:

just; simply

Context examples:

I just can't take it anymore / he was just grand as Romeo / it's simply beautiful!

Domain usage:

intensifier; intensive (a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies)


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Meaning:

By a small margin

Synonyms:

scarcely; scarce; hardly; barely; just

Context examples:

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


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