Definition of justly in US English:



  • 1According to what is morally right or fair; fairly.

    ‘we deal justly with complaints’
    • ‘It will happen when each of us begins to act justly, and only with love.’
    • ‘Aristotle said that all virtue is summed up in dealing justly.’
    • ‘It was then proved to him that even his own principle did not justly apply here.’
    • ‘Benton was a standard bearer for what came to be called Manifest Destiny, the idea that the United States was justly fated to fill the continent.’
    • ‘And he would declare that they were compatible with sincere pain at the anguish of a justly punished culprit.’
    • ‘The rule of law means one thing: enforcement of the law fairly and justly for everyone.’
    • ‘Implacable malice will justly be punished with irreparable ruin.’
    • ‘In a nutshell, when the masses justly resist, it is an honor and an obligation to stand in support of such resistance.’
    • ‘We should not ask, Why treat people justly?’
    • ‘I undertake to apply the rules fairly and justly, to achieve that balance.’
    • ‘How could such a global triage be executed justly?’
    • ‘Only the triumph of nonviolence, secured through just laws justly applied, will bring the terrorists down.’
    • ‘They have by their very nature to stand for peace and educate people in forming their consciences to act justly and peacefully.’
    • ‘God treats his enemies with justice and teaches his children to deal with others justly and with mercy.’
    • ‘To follow Christ means to love, to serve, and to treat others justly.’
    • ‘The wretched uncles were justly punished by being sent to Siberia for life.’
    • ‘True, many individuals and groups justly received land or compensation for that of which they had been robbed by previous governments.’
    • ‘Of these, equity, the feeling of being treated justly, is the most critical.’
    • ‘All he can do to protect himself is to pay into court what is justly due or what the plaintiff may prove likely to recover.’
    • ‘Consequently, success is not measured by who is justified, but by who is willing to live justly with the other.’
    1. 1.1 In a way that is well founded; justifiably.
      ‘we can justly be proud of our achievements’
      • ‘I think that's a point about which American patriots can be justly proud.’
      • ‘He was highly honoured within the scientific community, and justly so.’
      • ‘The climax of the film is a justly celebrated sequence in which the camera glides over a crowded dancefloor to pick out the true murderer.’
      • ‘Despite some recent speculation to the contrary, he now looks certain to be given the time and space to deliver on a venture that he can justly claim as his.’
      • ‘That stated, it has to be reported that it held the first night audience's attention and justly merited their cheers.’
      • ‘So, many officers justly believe that it is high time stiffer penalties be imposed for indiscipline.’
      • ‘They are justly proud of the record, which explains why, in a 13-song set, they play all 10 tracks.’
      • ‘His advocacy on a wide range of human rights issues is something of which he can be justly proud.’
      • ‘There are many on our side, whom you will not acknowledge to be good men, but whom we consider as such, and in whom we may justly boast.’
      • ‘He laid emphasis on the use of local ingredients, and can justly be regarded as one of the earliest regional cookery writers.’
      • ‘So ignorance gave her a confidence in herself that she was not justly entitled to.’
      • ‘Scholarly literature justly notes that Russia has so far failed to put in place a developed body of social legislation of a social-minded state.’
      • ‘As his train pulled out of Wigan on the way back to London he noticed something which led to this justly famous passage.’
      • ‘Even though France is justly famous for the most amazing dairy products on earth, for some reason, the milk selection is sorely lacking.’
      • ‘The last scene of the book is justly renowned.’
      • ‘But calling them evil and justly honoring the courage of the men and women who gave their lives is not a political analysis.’
      • ‘When you and your sweetie have bent across the table to share the justly celebrated roast chicken, battling for the last luscious scrap of bread salad, you'll know why.’
      • ‘Only posthumously would he reap the literary acclaim he so justly deserved.’
      • ‘If he had never directed another picture, he would be justly famous for this incredible film alone.’
      • ‘Today, its historic buildings house a unique health and environmental research institute that justly deserves its international reputation.’
      justifiably, with reason, with good reason, legitimately, rightly, rightfully, properly, deservedly, by rights
      fairly, with fairness, equitably, even-handedly, impartially, without bias, objectively, without prejudice, without fear or favour
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