just

Just means "fair." When something is morally and ethically sound, it's just. If you are a just teacher, you won't give your student an F just because his mother is rude to you.

Just might remind you of the word justice. When we describe a person, a rule, or a war as just, we mean that whatever has been done has been done for good reasons, and is fair to all sides. Just can also mean "only" or "simply." If swimming scares you, try the kiddie pool — it's just 3 feet deep. If you startle someone, say, "don't worry, it's just me." And something that happened only moments ago just happened.

Definitions of just
  1. adverb
    and nothing more
    just a scratch”
    synonyms: but, merely, only, simply
  2. adverb
    absolutely
    “I just can't take it anymore”
    “he was just grand as Romeo”
    synonyms: simply
  3. adverb
    indicating exactness or preciseness
    “it was just as he said--the jewel was gone”
    “it has just enough salt”
    synonyms: exactly, precisely
  4. adverb
    only a very short time before
    just missed being hit”
    synonyms: barely, hardly, scarce, scarcely
  5. adverb
    only a moment ago
    “he has just arrived”
    “the sun just now came out”
    synonyms: just now
  6. adverb
    exactly at this moment or the moment described
    “we've just finished painting the walls, so don't touch them”
  7. adjective
    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”
    Synonyms:
    fair
    free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules
    honorable, honourable
    worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect
    conscionable
    acceptable to your conscience
    fitting, meet
    being precisely fitting and right
    retributive, retributory, vindicatory
    given or inflicted in requital according to merits or deserts
    rightful
    legally valid
    right
    in conformance with justice or law or morality
    righteous
    characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice
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    Antonyms:
    unjust
    violating principles of justice
    unfair, unjust
    not fair; marked by injustice or partiality or deception
    dishonorable, dishonourable
    lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor
    actionable
    affording grounds for legal action
    wrongful
    not just or fair
    wrong
    contrary to conscience or morality or law
    unrighteous
    not righteous
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  8. adjective
    fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience
    synonyms: equitable
    fair
    free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules
    fair, honest
    gained or earned without cheating or stealing
    evenhanded
    without partiality
    impartial
    showing lack of favoritism
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    Antonyms:
    inequitable, unjust
    not equitable or fair
  9. adjective
    of moral excellence
    “a just cause”
    synonyms: good, upright
    righteous
    characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice
  10. adjective
    free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules
    synonyms: fair
    antimonopoly, antitrust
    of laws and regulations; designed to protect trade and commerce from unfair business practices
    clean, sporting, sportsmanlike, sporty
    exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play
    fair-minded
    of a person; just and impartial; not prejudiced
    fair-and-square
    just and honest
    impartial
    showing lack of favoritism
    reasonable, sensible
    showing reason or sound judgment
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    Antonyms:
    unfair, unjust
    not fair; marked by injustice or partiality or deception
    below the belt
    disregarding the rules (from the notion of an illegal low blow in boxing)
    cheating, dirty, foul, unsporting, unsportsmanlike
    violating accepted standards or rules
    raw
    brutally unfair or harsh
    unjust
    violating principles of justice
    partial
    showing favoritism
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