noun 1. industrial
relations, US a standard that must be met to justify the disciplining or dismissal of an employee ⇒ After a judicial hearing, the teachers were found to have been dismissed without just cause., ⇒ If you can establish just cause, the employee is not entitled to notice, or pay instead of notice., ⇒ I have concluded that there is just cause for the termination of your employment. 2. law any legally valid reason ⇒ Under the law, the FBI does not need to seek a court order to access such records, nor does it need to prove just cause. 3. in a general and looser sense, justification ⇒ We are extremely proud of our hotel facilities – and with just cause., ⇒ He never complained, even when he had just cause., ⇒ He nevertheless had just cause for concern.
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