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Kanji Information Sheet for 決  ( PDF version of this Kanji PDF version )

stroke order illustration  
agree upon
Bushu (Radical) Info: 水 (みず) – water
Henshall Mnemonic: person decides to carry water-pack on back
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #71 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N4 Words

  • して   [けっして]
    (adv) never; by no means   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • まる   [きまる]
    (v5r) to be decided; to be settled; to look good in (clothes)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • める   [きめる]
    (v1) to decide   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [かいけつ]
    (n,vs) settlement; solution; resolution   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • まり   [きまり]
    (n) settlement; conclusion; regulation; rule; custom   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けっしん]
    (n,vs) determination; resolution   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けってい]
    (n) decision; determination   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [かけつ]
    (n,vs) approval; adoption (e.g. motion, bill); passage   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [ぎけつ]
    (n,vs) resolution; decision; vote   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けつ]
    (n) decision; vote   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けつい]
    (n) decision; determination   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けつぎ]
    (n) resolution; vote; decision   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けっさん]
    (n) balance sheet; settlement of accounts   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けっしょう]
    (n) decision of a contest; finals (in sports)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けつだん]
    (n) decision; determination   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいけつ]
    (n) vote; roll call   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たすうけつ]
    (n) majority rule   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいけつ]
    (n) confrontation; showdown   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はんけつ]
    (n) judicial decision; judgement; sentence; decree   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ひけつ]
    (n,vs) rejection; negation; voting down   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [いしけってい]
    (n) decision-making   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょうこうさいけつ]
    steamroller voting; steamrollering   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • する   [けっする]
    (vs-s) to decide; to determine   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • まって   [きまって]
    (n) (1) always; without fail; (2) usually; regularly   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • め   [きめ]
    (n) agreement; rule   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きめだま]
    (n) winning pitch   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きめて]
    (n) a person who decides; deciding factor; clincher; trump card; winning move   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ける   [きめつける]
    (v1) to scold; to take (a person) to task   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けっき]
    (n,vs) jump to one's feet; stand up against; rising to action   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けっさい]
    (n) settlement; liquidation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けっさい]
    (n,vs) sanction; approval   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けっしょうてん]
    (n) winning point (goal); finishing line   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けっせん]
    (n,vs) decisive battle; deciding match; play-off   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けっせんとうひょう]
    final (decisive) vote; run-off ballot   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けっちゃく]
    (n) conclusion; decision; end; settlement   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けっていてき]
    (adj-na,n) definite; final; decisive; conclusive   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けつべつ]
    (n) separation; farewell   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けつれつ]
    (n) breakdown; rupture   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいけつ]
    (n) decision; ruling; judgement   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じけつ]
    (n,vs) self-determination; suicide; resignation (from a post)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • め   [とりきめ]
    (n) decision; agreement   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • める   [とりきめる]
    (v1) to agree; to decide upon; to enter into (a contract)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • め   [とりきめ]
    (n) decision; agreement   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅんけっしょう]
    (n) semifinal (in sports)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんけつ]
    (n) previous decision   [K] [D] [Jisho]
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The sofware used to generate this kanji information uses the EDICT and KANJIDIC files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University and are used in conformance with the Group's license.

NOTE: I converted the sources just mentioned years ago and have never really updated so there may be some missing or incorrect information that has been addressed in the original sources but not here.

The first Stroke Order image used on this page is courtesy of Ulrich Apel's excellent open source KanjiVG project. The second image is from the folks at the excellent Jisho Japanese-English dictionary site and it too is based on KanjiVG.

Classifying the kanji and popular vocabulary by the new JLPT levels was done by consulting Jonathan Waller‘s JLPT Resources page, renshuu, Wictionary, and Nihongo Ichiban.

The Henshall Mnemonics are the copyright of Tuttle Publishing and are the result of the hard work by Professor Henshall. See the list I used here.

If you are curious about the lexicography shown in the word definitions, visit the WWWJDIC abbreviations and codes guide and the JMdict/Edict Lexicographical details page.