2. A personal competition, combat, or struggle; now, usually a verbal one; especially, for power or control: "He was a politician who enjoyed a joust with his political opponents."
"The candidates were seen in several jousts with each other on TV as they tried to gain their party's nomination for president."
2. Valid within the law; lawful: The verdict made by the judge for the man to pay the traffic fine was a just decision.
The knight tried to assure his lady fair, saying "Don't worry, it is just a joust and no one will be injured."
2. To engage in a personal combat or competition or to argue with each oher: "There was a lot of jousting between the lawyers at the trial."
"The congressional candidates were jousting with each other several times in a televised debates."3. Etymology: from Old French joster, "to joust, to tilt"; from Vulgar (Common) Latin juxtare "to approach, to come together, to meet"; originally, "to be next to"; from Latin juxta, "beside, near" and related to jungere, "to join".