Indeed vs Just - What's the difference?

indeed | just |

As an adverb indeed

is (lb) truly; in fact; actually.

As an interjection indeed

is indicates emphatic agreement.

As a proper noun just is

, cognate to english justus.



Alternative forms

* endeed (obsolete)


  • (lb) Truly; in fact; actually.
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  • *:Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed , a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=1 , passage=I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed , did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.}}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=1 citation , passage=She was like a Beardsley Salome , he had said. And indeed she had the narrow eyes and the high cheekbone of that creature, and as nearly the sinuosity as is compatible with human symmetry. His wooing had been brief but incisive.}}
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  • *:With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed , allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Welcome to the plastisphere , passage=[The researchers] noticed many of their pieces of [plastic marine] debris sported surface pits around two microns across. Such pits are about the size of a bacterial cell. Closer examination showed that some of these pits did, indeed , contain bacteria,
  • In fact.
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  • Synonyms

    * (actually) certainly, definitely, in fact, indubitably, really, surely, truly, undoubtedly


    (en interjection)
  • indicates emphatic agreement
  • "I'm a great runner." "Indeed!"


    * absolutely * indubitably * okay * sure thing





    (wikipedia just)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) juste, from (etyl) juste, from (etyl) . Cognate with Dutch & Scottish juist, French juste etc.


  • Factually ; right, correct; proper.
  • It is a just assessment of the facts.
  • Morally ; upright; righteous, equitable.
  • It looks like a just solution at first glance.
  • * Shakespeare
  • We know your grace to be a man / Just and upright.
    * fair * upright * righteous * equitable
    * unjust
    Derived terms
    * justly * justness


  • Only, simply, merely.
  • * , chapter=8
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Philander went into the next room, which was just a lean-to hitched on to the end of the shanty, and came back with a salt mackerel that dripped brine like a rainstorm. Then he put the coffee pot on the stove and rummaged out a loaf of dry bread and some hardtack.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=52, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The new masters and commanders , passage=From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-14, author= Sam Leith
  • , volume=189, issue=1, page=37, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Where the profound meets the profane , passage=Swearing doesn't just mean what we now understand by "dirty words". It is entwined, in social and linguistic history, with the other sort of swearing: vows and oaths.}}
  • (sentence adverb) (Used to reduce the force of an imperative); simply.
  • (speech act) (Used to convey a less serious or formal tone)
  • (speech act) (Used to show humility).
  • (degree) absolutely, positively
  • Moments ago, recently.
  • * , chapter=8
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Philander went into the next room
  • By a narrow margin; closely; nearly.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=14 citation , passage=Nanny Broome was looking up at the outer wall.  Just under the ceiling there were three lunette windows, heavily barred and blacked out in the normal way by centuries of grime.}}
  • Exactly, perfectly.
  • Precisely.
  • * (John Dryden)
  • And having just enough, not covet more.
  • * Sir Philip Sidney
  • The god Pan guided my hand just to the heart of the beast.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • To-night, at Herne's oak, just 'twixt twelve and one.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=70, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Engineers of a different kind , passage=Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers. Piling debt onto companies’ balance-sheets is only a small part of what leveraged buy-outs are about, they insist. Improving the workings of the businesses they take over is just as core to their calling, if not more so. Much of their pleading is public-relations bluster.}}
    * merely, simply * barely, hardly, scarcely
    Derived terms
    * just folks

    Etymology 2

    Variation of joust, presumably ultimately from (etyl) iuxta 'near, besides'.


    (en noun)
  • A joust, tournament.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To joust, fight a tournament.
  • (Fairfax)


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