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just 1

1. Honorable and fair in one's dealings and actions: a just ruler. See Synonyms at fair1.
2. Consistent with what is morally right; righteous: a just cause.
3. Properly due or merited: just deserts.
4. Law Valid within the law; lawful: just claims.
5. Suitable or proper in nature; fitting: a just touch of solemnity.
6. Based on fact or sound reason; well-founded: a just appraisal.
adv. (jəst, jĭst; jŭst when stressed)
1. Precisely; exactly: just enough salt.
2. Only a moment ago: He just arrived.
3. By a narrow margin; barely: just missed being hit; just caught the bus before it pulled away.
4. At a little distance: just down the road.
5. Merely; only: just a scratch.
6. Simply; certainly: It's just beautiful!
7. Perhaps; possibly: I just may go.
just about
Almost; very nearly: This job is just about done.
just now
Only a moment ago.

[Middle English juste, from Old French, from Latin iūstus; see yewes- in Indo-European roots.]

just′ly adv.
just′ness n.

just 2

n. & v.
Variant of joust.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.justness - conformity with some esthetic standard of correctness or propriety; "it was performed with justness and beauty"
conformance, conformity - correspondence in form or appearance
2.justness - the quality of being just or fairjustness - the quality of being just or fair  
righteousness - adhering to moral principles
fairness, equity - conformity with rules or standards; "the judge recognized the fairness of my claim"
natural virtue - (scholasticism) one of the four virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance) derived from nature
rightfulness, right - anything in accord with principles of justice; "he feels he is in the right"; "the rightfulness of his claim"
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[ˈdʒʌstnɪs] Njusticia f
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[ˈdʒʌstnɪs] njustesse f
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n (of cause)Gerechtigkeit f, → Billigkeit f (liter); (of character)Gerechtigkeit f
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[ˈdʒʌstnɪs] n (of decision) → giustezza
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(dʒast) adjective
1. right and fair. not favouring one more than another: a fair and just decision.
2. reasonable; based on one's rights. He certainly has a just claim to the money.
3. deserved. He got his just reward when he crashed the stolen car and broke his leg.
ˈjustly adverb
He was justly blamed for the accident.
ˈjustness noun
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References in classic literature ?
In poetry, they must be allowed to excel all other mortals; wherein the justness of their similes, and the minuteness as well as exactness of their descriptions, are indeed inimitable.
To judge from the conduct of the opposite parties, we shall be led to conclude that they will mutually hope to evince the justness of their opinions, and to increase the number of their converts by the loudness of their declamations and the bitterness of their invectives.
Such characters are only the faint copy of a copy, and can have neither the justness nor spirit of an original.
The upward direction of the aim lessened the justness of the shots as well as their range.
All are struck by the justness of his views, but no one undertakes to carry them out, so he takes a regiment, a division- stipulates that no one is to interfere with his arrangements- leads his division to the decisive point, and gains the victory alone.
She would understand Sarah's sharp tongue, her unhappy brother, the cruelty of Charley Long, the justness of the bookkeeper's beating, the day-long, month-long, year-long toil at the ironing-board.
"Impossible, madame, impossible," murmured Felton, who felt to the bottom of his heart the justness of this argument.
This critique, the justness of which was unfortunately lost on poor Catherine, brought them to the door of Mrs.
"Quite startling," "Monstrous," "Most painful to see." The lank man, with the eyeglass on a broad ribbon, pronounced mincingly the word "Grotesque," whose justness was appreciated by those standing near him.
And, indeed, it required but one glance at Mademoiselle Danglars to comprehend the justness of Morcerf's remark -- she was beautiful, but her beauty was of too marked and decided a character to please a fastidious taste; her hair was raven black, but its natural waves seemed somewhat rebellious; her eyes, of the same color as her hair, were surmounted by well-arched brows, whose great defect, however, consisted in an almost habitual frown, while her whole physiognomy wore that expression of firmness and decision so little in accordance with the gentler attributes of her sex -- her nose was precisely what a sculptor would have chosen for a chiselled Juno.
Anne wondered whether it ever occurred to him now, to question the justness of his own previous opinion as to the universal felicity and advantage of firmness of character; and whether it might not strike him that, like all other qualities of the mind, it should have its proportions and limits.
The basic requirement is that the justness of the cause of the Kashmiri people be first recognised before they are asked to ponder over all ideas for their release from subjugation.