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

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Bushu (Radical) Info:
一 (いち) – one
止 (とめる) – stop
Henshall Mnemonic: to stop at the line is to do the correct thing
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #143 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N4 Words

  • しい   [ただしい]
    (adj) right; just; correct; righteous; honest; truthful; proper; straightforward; perfect   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうがつ]
    (n) New Year; New Year's Day; the first month; January   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [せい]
    (n) (logical) true; regular   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • に   [まさに]
    (adv) correctly; surely   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいかく]
    (adj-na) accurate; punctual; exact; authentic; veracious   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうご]
    (n-adv,n-t) noon; mid-day   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいしき]
    (adj-na,n) due form; official; formality   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうたい]
    (n) natural shape; one's true colors; true character; consciousness; senses   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうじき]
    (adj-na,adv,n) honesty; integrity; frankness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうせい]
    (n,vs) amendment; correction; revision; modification; alteration; retouching; update   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふせい]
    (adj-na,n) injustice; unfairness; iniquity; impropriety; irregularity; dishonesty; illegality   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [こうせい]
    (adj-na,n) justice; fairness; impartiality   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいせい]
    (n,vs) revision; amendment; alteration   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいほうけい]
    (n) square   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうみ]
    (n) net (weight)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうめん]
    (n,pref) front; frontage; facade; main   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいもん]
    (n) main gate; main entrance   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [ぜせい]
    (n) correction; revision   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいかい]
    (n,vs) correct; right; correct interpretation (answer, solution)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいき]
    (adj-na,adj-no,n) regular; legal; formal; established; legitimate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいぎ]
    (n) justice; right; righteousness; correct meaning   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいじょう]
    (adj-na,n) normalcy; normality; normal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていせい]
    (n,vs) correction; revision   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいとう]
    (adj-na,n) just; justifiable; right; due; proper; equitable; reasonable; legitimate; lawful   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • す   [ただす]
    (v5s) to correct; to adjust; to reform; to redress; to straighten; to amend   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がしょう]
    (n) A Happy New Year!   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいきょう]
    (n) orthodoxy; (Greek) orthodox church   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいしょう]
    (n) Taisho Era (1912-1926 CE)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうせいとりひきいいんかい]
    Fair Trade Commission   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てきせい]
    (adj-na,n) reasonable; suitable   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいざ]
    (n,vs) sitting correctly (Japanese-style); sitting (or squatting) straight   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうせい]
    (n,vs) correction; revision; rectification   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいじょうか]
    normalization   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょうせい]
    (n,vs) correction; remedy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうせい]
    (n,vs) proofreading; correction of press   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいそう]
    (n) uniform; full dress   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいそく]
    (adj-na,adj-no,n) correct; proper; formal; regular; systematic; normal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいとうぼうえい]
    self-defence; legitimate self-defence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいとう]
    (adj-na,adj-no,n) legitimate; orthodox; traditional   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいどう]
    (n) path of righteousness; path of duty; the right track; the correct path   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうしょうがつ]
    (n) Lunar calendar New Year   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうねんば]
    (n) critical moment; do-or-die situation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいはんたい]
    (adj-na,n) bipolar; polar; polarity; exactly opposite   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まとも]
    (adj-na,n) (uk) the front; honesty; uprightness; direct   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいろん]
    (n) sound (just) argument   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほせい]
    (n) correction   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ましょうめん]
    (n) directly opposite; right in front   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほせいよさん]
    revised or supplementary budget   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けんじせい]
    (n) chief public prosecutor   [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.