DO "just" and "only" have always the same meaning?

For example, in this sentence are they the same meaning?

All the nice things, kind thoughts and loving touches were for her own daughters. And not just/only the kind thoughts and love, but also dresses, shoes, shawls, delicious food, comfy beds as well as every home comfort. 

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    no, not always

    our cause was just

    only when the last tree is cut down, the last fish caught and the last stream poisoned, will you notice that money cannot be eaten

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  • 1 month ago

    Like most words, it depends on context. In this sentence, yes, they mean the same thing. Usually you can interchange them if you are trying to express a small amount or something insignificant, or are being kind of defensive

    I was just kidding!/I was only kidding!

    I was just curious/I was only curious

    Not just her family approved/Not only her family approved

    It was just fifty cents/ It was only fifty cents

    He's just fifteen/He's only fifteen

    And to add to the confusion, you can use both together (only+just, never just+only)

    "They were only just married when they had the car accident"

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