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Dictionary definition for: Just

1. (a) 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"

2. (r) 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"

3. (a) 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"

4. (r) 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"

5. (a) 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"

6. (r) only a moment ago; "he has just arrived" "the sun just now came out"

7. (s) 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

8. (r) absolutely; "I just can''t take it anymore" "he was just grand as Romeo" "it''s simply beautiful!"

9. (r) 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

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