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[juhst] /dʒʌst/
noun, verb (used without object)
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juster, noun Unabridged
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  • Wherefore the justers departed in likewise, and went and disarmed them for to come to the banquet or feast.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness Thomas Frognall Dibdin
British Dictionary definitions for justers


adjective (dʒʌst)
  1. fair or impartial in action or judgment
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the just
conforming to high moral standards; honest
consistent with justice: a just action
rightly applied or given; deserved: a just reward
legally valid; lawful: a just inheritance
well-founded; reasonable: just criticism
correct, accurate, or true: a just account
adverb (dʒʌst; unstressed) (dʒəst)
used with forms of have to indicate an action performed in the very recent past: I have just closed the door
at this very instant: he's just coming in to land
no more than; merely; only: just an ordinary car
exactly; precisely: that's just what I mean
by a small margin; barely: he just got there in time
(intensifier): it's just wonderful to see you
(informal) indeed; with a vengeance: isn't it just
just about
  1. at the point of starting (to do something)
  2. very nearly; almost: I've just about had enough
just a moment, just a second, just a minute, an expression requesting the hearer to wait or pause for a brief period of time
just now
  1. a very short time ago
  2. at this moment
  3. (South African, informal) in a little while
just on, having reached exactly: it's just on five o'clock
just so
  1. an expression of complete agreement or of unwillingness to dissent
  2. arranged with precision
Derived Forms
justly, adverb
justness, noun
Usage note
The use of just with exactly (it's just exactly what they want) is redundant and should be avoided: it's exactly what they want
Word Origin
C14: from Latin jūstus righteous, from jūs justice
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Word Origin and History for justers



late 14c., "righteous in the eyes of God; upright, equitable, impartial; justifiable, reasonable," from Old French juste "just, righteous; sincere" (12c.), from Latin iustus "upright, equitable," from ius "right," especially "legal right, law," from Old Latin ious, perhaps literally "sacred formula," a word peculiar to Latin (not general Italic) that originated in the religious cults, from PIE root *yewes- "law" (cf. Avestan yaozda- "make ritually pure;" see jurist). The more mundane Latin law-word lex covered specific laws as opposed to the body of laws. The noun meaning "righteous person or persons" is from late 14c.


"merely, barely," 1660s, from Middle English sense of "exactly, precisely, punctually" (c.1400), from just (adj.), and paralleling the adverbial use of French juste. Just-so story first attested 1902 in Kipling, from the expression just so "exactly that, in that very way" (1751).

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