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Webster 1913 Edition


Just

Just

,
Adj.
[F.
juste
, L.
justus
, fr.
jus
right, law, justice; orig., that which is fitting; akin to Skr.
yu
to join. Cf.
Injury
,
Judge
,
Jury
,
Giusto
.]
1.
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.
“O just but severe law!”
Shak.
There is not a
just
man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
Eccl. vii. 20.
Just
balances,
just
weights, . . . shall ye have.
Lev. xix. 36.
How should man be
just
with God?
Job ix. 2.
We know your grace to be a man.
Just
and upright.
Shakespeare
2.
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;
as, a
just
statement; a
just
inference.
Just
of thy word, in every thought sincere.
Pope.
The prince is here at hand: pleaseth your lordship
To meet his grace
just
distance ’tween our armies.
Shakespeare
He was a comely personage, a little above
just
stature.
Bacon.
Fire fitted with
just
materials casts a constant heat.
Jer. Taylor.
When all
The war shall stand ranged in its
just
array.
Addison.
Their names alone would make a
just
volume.
Burton.
3.
Rendering or disposed to render to each one his due; equitable; fair; impartial;
as,
just
judge
.
Men are commonly so
just
to virtue and goodness as to praise it in others, even when they do not practice it themselves.
Tillotson.
Syn. – Equitable; upright; honest; true; fair; impartial; proper; exact; normal; orderly; regular.

Just

,
adv.
1.
Precisely; exactly; – in place, time, or degree; neither more nor less than is stated.
And having
just
enough, not covet more.
Dryden.
The god Pan guided my hand
just
to the heart of the beast.
Sir P. Sidney.
To-night, at Herne's oak,
just
'twixt twelve and one.
Shakespeare
2.
Closely; nearly; almost.
Just
at the point of death.
Sir W. Temple.
3.
Barely; merely; scarcely; only; by a very small space or time;
as, he
just
missed the train;
just
too late.
A soft Etesian gale
But
just
inspired and gently swelled the sail.
Dryden.
Just now
,
the least possible time since; a moment ago.

Just

,
Verb.
I.
[See
Joust
.]
To joust.
Fairfax.

Just

,
Noun.
A joust.
Dryden.

Webster 1828 Edition


Just

JUST

,
Adj.
[L. justus. The primary sense is probably straight or close, from the sense of setting, erecting, or extending.]
1.
Regular; orderly; due; suitable.
When all
The war shall stand ranged in its just array.
2.
Exactly proportioned; proper.
Pleaseth your lordship
To meet his grace,just distance 'tween our armies?
3.
Full; complete to the common standard.
He was a comely personage, a little above just stature.
4.
Full; true; a sense allied to the preceding, or the same.
--So that once the skirmish was like to have come to a just battle.
5.
In a moral sense, upright; honest; having principles of rectitude; or conforming exactly to the laws, and to principles of rectitude in social conduct; equitable in the distribution of justice; as a just judge.
6.
In an evangelical sense, righteous; religious; influenced by a regard to the laws of God; or living in exact conformity to the divine will.
There is not a just man on earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. Eccles.7.
7.
Conformed to rules of justice; doing equal justice.
Just balances, just weights, a just ephah and a just him shall ye have. Lev.19.
8.
Conformed to truth; exact; proper; accurate; as just thoughts; just expressions; just images or representations; a just description; a just inference.
9.
True; founded in truth and fact; as a just charge or accusation.
10. Innocent; blameless; without guilt.
How should man be just with God? Job.9.
11. Equitable; due; merited; as a just recompense or reward.
--Whose damnation is just. Rom.3.
12. True to promises; faithful; as just to one's word or engagements.
13. Impartial; allowing what is due; giving fair representation of character, merit or demerit.

Definition 2022


Just

Just

See also: just, júst, and Júst

Danish

Proper noun

Just

  1. A male given name, cognate to English Justus.

French

Proper noun

Just m

  1. A male given name, cognate to English Justus.

Related terms

  • female given name: Juste

just

just

See also: Just, júst, and Júst

English

Alternative forms

Adjective

just (comparative juster or more just, superlative justest or most just)

  1. Factually right, correct; factual.
    It is a just assessment of the facts.
  2. Rationally right, correct
  3. Morally right; upright, righteous, equitable; fair.
    It looks like a just solution at first glance.
    • Shakespeare
      We know your grace to be a man / Just and upright.
  4. proper, adequate
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Adverb

just (not comparable)

  1. 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.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Philander went into the next room, which was just a lean-to hitched on to the end of the shanty, and came back with a salt mackerel that dripped brine like a rainstorm. Then he put the coffee pot on the stove and rummaged out a loaf of dry bread and some hardtack.
    • 2013 June 8, The new masters and commanders”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 52:
      From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. []   But viewed from high up in one of the growing number of skyscrapers in Sri Lanka’s capital, it is clear that something extraordinary is happening: China is creating a shipping hub just 200 miles from India’s southern tip.
    • 2013 June 14, Sam Leith, Where the profound meets the profane”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 37:
      Swearing doesn't just mean what we now understand by "dirty words". It is entwined, in social and linguistic history, with the other sort of swearing: vows and oaths.
  2. (sentence adverb) Used to reduce the force of an imperative; simply.
    Just follow the directions on the box.
  3. (speech act) Used to convey a less serious or formal tone
    I just called to say "hi".
  4. (speech act) Used to show humility.
    Lord, we just want to thank You and praise Your Name.
  5. (degree) absolutely, positively
    It is just splendid!
  6. Moments ago, recently.
    They just left, but you may leave a message at the desk.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Philander went into the next room [] and came back with a salt mackerel [] . Next he put the mackerel in a fry-pan, and the shanty began to smell like a Banks boat just in from a v'yage.
  7. By a narrow margin; closely; nearly.
    The fastball just missed my head!
    The piece just might fit.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 14, in The China Governess:
      Nanny Broome was looking up at the outer wall.  Just under the ceiling there were three lunette windows, heavily barred and blacked out in the normal way by centuries of grime.
  8. Exactly, precisely, perfectly.
    He wants everything just right for the big day.
    • John Dryden
      And having just enough, not covet more.
    • Sir Philip Sidney
      The god Pan guided my hand just to the heart of the beast.
    • William Shakespeare
      To-night, at Herne's oak, just 'twixt twelve and one.
    • 2013 June 22, Engineers of a different kind”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 70:
      Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers. Piling debt onto companies’ balance-sheets is only a small part of what leveraged buy-outs are about, they insist. Improving the workings of the businesses they take over is just as core to their calling, if not more so. Much of their pleading is public-relations bluster.
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Etymology 2

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

Noun

just (plural justs)

  1. A joust, tournament.

Verb

just (third-person singular simple present justs, present participle justing, simple past and past participle justed)

  1. To joust, fight a tournament.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Fairfax to this entry?)
Translations

References

  • just in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • just in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: found · people · still · #142: just · while · again · also

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Catalan

Etymology

From Latin iūstus, jūstus.

Adjective

just m (feminine justa, masculine plural justs or justos, feminine plural justes)

  1. fair; just
  2. perfectly, almost perfectly

Related terms

Adverb

just

  1. justly

Estonian

Adverb

just

  1. exactly, precisely

Finnish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈjust/

Etymology

From Swedish just

Adverb

just

  1. (colloquial, dialectal) just, exactly, precisely, perfectly
Synonyms

Friulian

Etymology

From Latin iūstus, jūstus.

Adjective

just

  1. just, right, correct, proper
  2. exact
  3. adequate
  4. apt

Related terms

Derived terms

  • justeapont
  • justeben

German

Adverb

just

  1. (elevated) just

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Latvian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [just]

Verb

just tr., 1st conj., pres. jūtu, jūti, jūt, past jutu

  1. to feel (to perceive with one's sense organs)
    just aukstumu, karstumu, sāpes ― to feel cold, heat, pain
    tā, ka nejūt zemi zem kājām ― such that s/he doesn't feel the earth under his/her feet (= very fast)
  2. to sense
  3. to palp
  4. to have a sensation

Conjugation

Derived terms

prefixed verbs:
  • izjust
  • pajust
  • sajust
other derived terms:
  • justies

Old French

Verb

just

  1. third-person singular past historic of gesir

Romanian

Etymology

Borrowed from French juste.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʒust/

Adjective

just m, n (feminine singular justă, masculine plural juști, feminine and neuter plural juste)

  1. just, correct

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Swedish

Pronunciation

Adverb

just

  1. just; quite recently; only moments ago
  2. just; only, simply
  3. exactly, precisely
    Just nu
    Right now (At this precise moment)
    Det var just vad jag ville ha!
    That's exactly what I wanted!