I. archaic variant of joust II. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French juste, from Latin justus, from jus right, law; akin to Sanskrit yos welfare Date: 14th century 1. a. having a basis in or conforming to fact or reason ; reasonable <
a just but not a generous decision
b. archaic faithful to an original c. conforming to a standard of correctness ; proper <
just proportions
2. a. (1) acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good ; righteous <
a just war
(2) being what is merited ; deserved <
a just punishment
b. legally correct ; lawful <
just title to an estate
Synonyms: see fair, uprightjustly adverbjustness noun III. adverb Date: 15th century 1. a. exactly, precisely <
just right
b. very recently <
the bell just rang
2. a. by a very small margin ; barely <
just too late
b. immediately, directly <
just west of here
3. a. only, simply <
just last year
just be yourself
b. quite, very <
just wonderful
4. perhaps, possibly <
it just might work

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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