- 1Based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair: a just and democratic society fighting for a just causeMore example sentences
fair, fair-minded, equitable, even-handed, impartial, unbiased, objective, neutral, disinterested, unprejudiced, open-minded, non-partisan, non-discriminatory; honourable, upright, upstanding, decent, honest, righteous, ethical, moral, virtuous, principled, full of integrity, good, right-minded, straight, reasonable, scrupulous, trustworthy, incorruptible, truthful, sincere• informal square
- It raises the question as to whether it is fair, just and reasonable to impose the duty contended for.
- She is a fair and just ruler, and she causes unending problems for me and my brothers.
- How then will the court decide what is a fair and just settlement for Richard and Hyacinth?
- 1.1(Of treatment) deserved or appropriate in the circumstances: we all get our just desertsMore example sentences
- How heartening it is in these cruel and trite times to know that real talent may still receive its just reward.
- Unless, of course, they had been dissing me, in which case they got their just deserts.
- All the pressure has been at their end of the pitch and the goal was just reward for the way we played in the second half.
- 1.2(Of an opinion or appraisal) well founded; justifiable: these simplistic approaches have been the subject of just criticismMore example sentences
- There must surely be a broad public interest in just complaints of this kind being sustained.
- It is not a just criticism of such assessment that it does not provide answers to all questions, just as it is not a just criticism of standardized assessment that it does not inform instruction.
- The series is most criticized for feeling dry and intellectual, or at least emotionally uninvolving -- a just criticism.
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- 1Exactly: that’s just what I need you’re a human being, just like everyone elseMore example sentences
- They got their way with dear old Bobby in the end, and they will with Eriksson, but not just yet.
- That she didn't have to worry about getting married and having babies, not just yet.
- Maybe not just yet, but it might be the only way for some, that things can really get better.
- 1.1Exactly or almost exactly at this or that moment: she’s just coming we were just finishing breakfastMore example sentences
- He was not pompous at all and did not look worried as if he had just come straight from court.
- The view is sublime: we are looking straight back down the loch whence we have just come.
- The second and third points are not, in my view persuasive for the reasons which I have just given.
- 2Very recently; in the immediate past: I’ve just seen the local paperMore example sentences
- She had talked about it in the past but she had just spent a month in Thailand and seemed happy.
- She'd been in Delhi all these years, and had just recent come down to Mumbai for a visit to her folks.
- The local shop lifters have just been round selling turkey for a pound a pack.
- 3Barely; by a little: inflation fell to just over 4 per cent I only just caught the trainMore example sentences
- The base of the trunk is pushed just four feet into the ground and secured with a dozen or more wooden wedges.
- Billy Mehmet was allowed to work his way into the box, only to drag his shot just wide of the upright.
- Pandiani almost hits straight back for Deportivo, but the ball just skips away from him.
- 4Simply; only; no more than: just a bad day in the office they were just interested in making moneyMore example sentences
- Nobody really wants to debate any longer, they are just interested in scoring points.
- If she starts behaving badly I just walk away and let things calm down until her tantrum has gone away.
- It would be a bit naïve of me to think I will just walk straight into the first team here.
- 4.1Really; absolutely (used for emphasis): they’re just greatMore example sentences
- I am a resident of Mealbank and at the end of our road the road surface is just disintegrating.
- Just ask the millions of people who use and love a Mac why it's become such an integral part of their lives, and most will tell you the same thing: It just works.
- Everyone back at base has been working really hard and it is just disappointing not to finish.
- 4.2Used as a polite formula for giving permission or making a request: just help yourselvesMore example sentences
- "Please just wait for me… I have to tell you something!
- "As to whether there will be military exercises, please just wait and see.
- When she was gone, Ari said, " Let's just head upstairs.
- 4.3 [with modal] Possibly (used to indicate a slight chance of something happening or being true): it might just helpMore example sentences
- If you haven't already got a ticket then get one because you may just get the chance to see a bit of history in the making.
- The true pro might just set his stall out to repeat as best he can his peak form.
- De Villiers said at the time he felt he was up to it, and it looks like he may just get that chance.
- • informal Almost exactly; nearly: he can do just about anythingMore example sentences
- You can feast as never before; you can shop at all hours and you can buy just about anything.
- He has a good understanding of rugby, and when he's on his game he can do just about anything.
- There are links here to just about everything and anything to do with the periodic table.
just as well
- A good or fortunate thing: it was just as well I didn’t know at the timeMore example sentences
- By the time he got back, they were gone, which was just as well because much of the rage and derision was directed at him.
- Which was just as well because he had no intention of giving me anything.
- It's just as well there's no-one here right now to be sympathetic and supportive.
just in case
just a minute (or moment, or second, etc.)
- Used to ask someone to wait or pause for a short time: just a minute—my friend’s left something behindMore example sentences
- And I think he'll say, wait a minute, just a second because he knows only one thing, this is a very selfish and extraordinarily vicious man.
- Wait just a second; let me finish up this coffee and I'll make you some breakfast.
- Wait just a second, disengage your magnetic boots, everyone.
- Used to interrupt someone, especially in protest or disagreement: ‘They know what to do.’ ‘Now just a moment!’ the American interruptedMore example sentences
- Barbara, let me interrupt you for just a second.
- Robyn, let me interrupt you for just a second if I could with a question because you know a lot of people out there, today, are thinking I've got to go out and find something right now.
- Let me interrupt you for just a second here.
- 1At this moment: it’s pretty hectic just nowMore example sentences
- But it is especially hectic just now - we are over here in New York, then it's back to Scotland on Saturday.
- My sleep patterns are pretty bad just now so I am awake half the night and not particularly with it during the day - tired and emotional.
- It must be hard for her to hurt her son, but the pain I have to suffer from my disease is pretty bad just now so please, God, excuse me for the odd word in vain.
- 2A little time ago: she was talking to me just nowMore example sentences
- It takes a lot to make me smile at the moment - and this eBay auction managed it just now.
- There are some moments when Chichester is just fabulous, and just now was one of them.
- You know, when I saw Olivia just now, I thought for a fleeting moment - we're both victims here.
- 3South African In a little while; very soon: I’ll come just now but I want breakfast firstMore example sentences
- Just now hard drives will be a thing of the past.
- I will try the new drivers just now, I'm just downloading them.
- (With reference to time and numbers) exactly: it was just on midnightMore example sentences
- David Watt got the opener, Marc Anthony grabbed a second and Garry Wood claimed a third just on the interval.
- Once, in a restaurant restroom where there would be no rest, I was just on the point of giving up.
- Actually the earthy colour scheme used throughout the property is probably just on the somber side of restful.
- 1Arranged or done very neatly and carefully: polishing the furniture and making everything just soMore example sentences
- She puffs her chest out and stays still, looking this way and that, up and down, arranging her tail just so.
- John and Ethan have been working at it nearly everyday, making sure everything is just so.
- They like everything just so and have not had an outspoken driver since the days of Ayrton Senna.
- 2 • formal Used to express agreement: ‘And to limit the hours,’ Jasper added. ‘Just so.’More example sentences
- "Just so!" said the Plain Man. "I see what you mean. I'll tell you a brand new tale of my own to prove that I do."
- "Just so," said the incorrigible toper," but I never saw a drunken man before; because I am always the first to get drunk and the last to get sober."
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- I believe that the time frame suggested in the bill in which claims should be completed suggests that we may compromise justness and fairness all for the sake of expediency.
- States might have been willing to concede the theoretical justness of the functional principle, but they would not enforce it in real negotiations.
- This would be one who believes himself to be an exception to rules of fairness, justness, or courtesy.
late Middle English: via Old French from Latin justus, from jus 'law, right'.