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Legally right; conformity with that which is lawful or fair.

Just cause for an action, for example, is a reason for a course of action that is based upon Good Faith.


adjective aboveboard, according to law, aequus, affording no undue advantage, appropriate, as it should be, authoritative, awarded deservedly, befitting, bona fide, cogent, condign, constitutional, deserved, deserving, detached, disinterested, dispassionate, due, equable, equitable, ethical, even-handed, exact, expected, express, fair, fair and square, fair-minded, fit, fitting, forceful, honest, impartial, incorruptible, iustus, judicious, juridical, justifiable, justified, lawful, legal, legitimate, licit, logical, merited, meritorious, meritus, moral, objective, open to reason, owed, owing, precise, principled, proper, rational, reasonable, reputable, right, righteous, rightful, scrupulous, sincere, solid, sound, square, straight, straightforward, sufficient, suitable, unbiased, unbigoted, unbribable, unbribed, unchallengeable, uncolored, uncorrupt, uncorrupted, unimpeachable, uninfluenced, unswayed, upright, upstanding, veracious, weighty, wise, worthy
Associated concepts: just and reasonable grounds, just cause, just claim, just compensation, just debts, just deciiion, just terms, just value in a case, without just cause
See also: bona fide, condign, conscientious, equal, equitable, ethical, evenhanded, fair, honest, impartial, incorruptible, judicial, juridical, licit, mere, meritorious, moral, objective, open-minded, reasonable, rightful, solid, sound, suitable, unbiased, unprejudiced, upright

JUST. This epithet is applied to that which agrees with a given law which is the test of right and wrong. 1 Toull. prel. n. 5 Aust. Jur. 276, n. It is that which accords with the perfect rights of others. Wolff, Inst. Sec. 83; Swinb. part 1, s. 2, n. 5, and part 1, Sec. 4, n. 3. By just is also understood full and perfect, as a just weight Swinb. part 1, s. 3, U. 5.

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37) "I can conceive him," said Thomas Love Peacock, Shelley's friend and the justest and most succinct of his critics,
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And O forgive, tho' faint the Transcript be, That copies an Original like thee: My justest Pride, my best Attempt for Fame, That joins my own to Philomela's Name (Kelly, Bluestocking Feminism 2: 351).
Alfred is described as `the mildest, justest, most beneficient of kings' who `crush'd corruption, guarded liberty, and was the founder of the English constitution', in pointed reference to qualities which George II was felt to lack.
78) The Act "applie[d] equally to cases arising in States which have the justest laws respecting the personal rights of citizens, and whose authorities are ever ready to enforce such laws, as to those which arise in States that may have violated the prohibition of the amendment," and thus extended beyond the power of Congress under Section Five.
In the opening lines he writes as one aware of the competitive judicial climate which James had addressed in his speech: |So, justest Lord, may all your Judgements be / Lawes, and no change e're come to one decree' (1-2).