Definitions for: Just
[adv] by a small margin; "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
[adv] 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"
[adv] only a moment ago; "he has just arrived"; "the sun just now came out"
[adv] 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"
[adv] (intensifier) absolutely; "I just can't take it anymore"; "he was just grand as Romeo"; "it's simply beautiful!"
[adj] free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; or conforming with established standards or rules; "a fair referee"; "fair deal"; "on a fair footing"; "a fair fight"; "by fair means or foul"
[adj] implying justice dictated by reason, conscience, and a natural sense of what is fair to all; "equitable treatment of all citizens"; "an equitable distribution of gifts among the children"
[adj] 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"
[adj] of moral excellence; "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man"; "the life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous"- Frederick Douglass
Webster (1913) Definition: Just, a. [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.
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. --
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.
He was a comely personage, a little above just
Fire fitted with just materials casts a constant
heat. -- Jer.
When all The war shall stand ranged in its just
array. -- Addison.
Their named alone would make a just volume. --
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.
Just intonation. (Mus.)
(a) The correct sounding of notes or intervals; true
(b) The giving all chords and intervals in their purity or
their exact mathematical ratio, or without
temperament; a process in which the number of notes
and intervals required in the various keys is much
greater than the twelve to the octave used in systems
of temperament. --H. W. Poole.
Syn: Equitable; upright; honest; true; fair; impartial;
proper; exact; normal; orderly; regular.
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.
To-night, at Herne's oak, just 'twixt twelve and
one. -- Shak.
2. Closely; nearly; almost.
Just at the point of death. -- Sir W.
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, v. i. [See Joust.]
To joust. --Fairfax.
A joust. --Dryden.
Synonyms: antimonopoly, antitrust, barely, but, clean, conscionable, equitable, evenhanded, exactly, fair, fair-and-square, fair-minded, fitting, good, hardly, just now, meet, merely, only, precisely, retributive, retributory, rightful(a), scarce, scarcely, simply, sporting, sportsmanlike, upright, virtuous
Antonyms: inequitable, unfair, unjust
See Also: honorable, honourable, impartial, just, reasonable, right, righteous, sensible
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