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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: juste, from Latin justus, from jus 'right, law'

just

2 adjective
     
just2 S3 W3
1 morally right and fair:
Henry sincerely believed that he was fighting a just war.
a just settlement
Charlemagne was respected as a just ruler.
2 deserved by someone:
a just reward for their loyal service
What would be a just punishment for such a crime?
I hope that he's caught and gets his just deserts (=is punished in the way he deserves).
justly adverb:
These men are criminals, but they must be dealt with justly.
an achievement of which we can be justly proud

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