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just1 adj (juster, justest) 1 fair; impartial. 2 reasonable; based on justice. 3 deserved. justly adverb. justness noun.
ETYMOLOGY: 14c: from Latin justus just, upright or equitable.
just2 adverb 1 exactly; precisely. 2 a short time before He had just gone. 3 at this or that very moment was just leaving. 4 and no earlier, more, etc only just enough. 5 barely; narrowly The bullet just missed his ear. 6 only; merely; simply just a brief note. 7 colloq used for emphasis That's just not true. 8 colloq absolutely just marvellous. just about almost I'm just about ready. just about to do something on the point of doing it. just a minute or second, etc an instruction to wait a short while. just as well 1 fortunate; lucky It's just as well you came. 2 advisable It would be just as well to wait. just in case as a precaution. just now at this particular moment. just so 1 a formula of agreement. 2 neat and tidy They like everything just so. just then 1 at that particular moment. 2 in the next moment. just the same nevertheless. not just yet not immediately, but soon.
ETYMOLOGY: 14c: from Latin justus right or proper.
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