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Just, adj. (superl. “--est:” Ant. II, 1, 2) 1) conforming to the laws and principles of justice, equitable: Meas. I, 2, 127. II, 2, 41. II, 4, 52. IV, 2, 88. V, 54. Err. V, 203. All's III, 1, 8. Wint. II, 3, 204. R2 III, 3, 119. H6A II, 5, 29. H6B III, 2, 233. V, 1, 68. H6C III, 3, 32. H6C III, 3, 32 Ant. II, 1, 1. Ant. II, 1, 1 Cymb. V, 1, 7 etc.
2) well founded, legitimate: “j. cause of hate,” Sonn. 150, 10. Ado II, 3, 173. Wint. V, 1, 61. “who can blot that name with any j. reproach?” Ado IV, 1, 82. “nature, stronger than his j. occasion,” As IV, 3, 130. “your request is j.” Wint. III, 2, 118. “whether I in any j. term am affined to love the Moor,” Oth. I, 1, 39 etc.
3) honest, upright, to be relied on: (love) “most deceiving when it seems most j.” Ven. 1156. “when shall he think to find a stranger j., when he himself himself confounds,” Lucr. 159. “he entertained a show so seeming j.” Lucr. 159 “she always hath been j. and virtuous,” Ado V, 1, 311. which (displeasure of your master) “on your j. proceeding I'll keep off,” All's V, 3, 236. H6A V, 3, 144. H6A III, 1, 95. H8 III, 1, 60. Tim. IV, 3, 498. Caes. III, 2, 90. Mcb. IV, 3, 30. Hml. III, 2, 59. Lr. III, 6, 120 (in thy j. proof == in thy proving honest). Oth. III, 3, 122. Oth. III, 3, 122 V, 1, 31.
4) right, true, founded in fact (Germ. richtig): “on j. proof surmise accumulate,” Sonn. 117, 10 (== on what is proved to be true). “and the j. pleasure lost which is so deemed not by our feeling, but by others' seeing,” 121, 3 (== real. Or == the pleasure of being honest?). “my j. censure,” Wint. II, 1, 37 (== correct opinion). “the things I speak are j.” H4B V, 3, 126. “it is very j.” III, 2, 89. “is not this j.?” H5 II, 1, 116. “'tis j. to each of them.” Troil. I, 2, 75. “my report is j. and full of truth,” Tit. V, 3, 115. Lr. III, 1, 37. Tim. V, 1, 17. “'tis j.” Caes. I, 2, 54. “my j. belief,” Per. V, 1, 239 (== what I think to be true). Used in answers: “Perpetual durance? Ay, j.” Meas. III, 1, 68. V, 202. Ado II, 1, 29. V, 1, 164. As III, 2, 281. All's II, 3, 21. H5 III, 7, 158. Tit. IV, 2, 24.
5) exact, precise: “a j. sevennight,” Ado II, 1, 375. “a j. pound,” Merch. IV, 1, 327. “the j. proportion that we gave them out,” H4B IV, 1, 23. “to meet his grace j. distance 'tween our armies,” H4B IV, 1, 23 “bring me j. notice of the numbers dead,” H5 IV, 7, 122. “by j. computation of the time,” R3 III, 5, 89 (Ff true). “usurp the j. proportion of of my sorrow,” IV, 4, 110. “part in j. proportion our small strength,” V, 3, 26. “j. opposite to what thou justly seemest,” Rom. III, 2, 78. “jump not on a j. account,” Oth. I, 3, 5. “'tis to his virtue a j. equinox,” II, 3, 129.
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