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just-in-time, just in time

The adjective just-in-time, referring to the cost-saving, minimum inventory system, is always hyphenated.

  • Since our firm began using a just-in-time system, our costs have decreased by 25 per cent.

As an adverb, the phrase just in time does not require hyphens.

  • Paul and Maryse arrived just in time to witness the opening ceremony.