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

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Bushu (Radical) Info:
人 (ひと) – person
化 (カ, ケ, ば.ける, ば.かす, ふ.ける, け.する) – change; take the form of; influence; enchant; delude; -ization
个 (カ , コ, こ, ひ) – counter for articles; individual
Henshall Mnemonic: person scoops low, down to baseline
Levels: JLPT N2 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 4
Frequency: #435 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • い   [ひくい]
    (adj) short; low; humble; low (voice)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [さいてい]
    (adj-na,adv,n) (1) least; lowest; worst; (2) nasty; disgusting; horrible; yuck!   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [ていか]
    (n,vs) fall; decline; lowering; deterioration   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [こうてい]
    (n) high and low; rise and fall   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいていげん]
    (n) minimum   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • める   [ひくめる]
    (v1) to lower; to be lowered   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていおん]
    (n) low temperature   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていおん]
    (n) low tone; bass; low voice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていかかく]
    low price   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていがくねん]
    (n) lower grades in school   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていきあつ]
    (adj-na,n) low (atmospheric) pressure; cyclone; bad temper; tense situation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていげん]
    (n) decrease; reduction; fall; depreciation; mitigation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていすいじゅん]
    (adj-na) substandard   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていち]
    (n) depression; lowlands; low ground; bottom land; plain   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ていちょう]
    (adj-na,n) inactive; slow; sluggish; slack; low tone; undertone; dullness; (market) weakness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていめい]
    (n,vs) hanging low (over); hovering around (price level); low hanging (e.g. clouds); sluggish (e.g. economy)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていらく]
    (n) fall; decline; slump   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていり]
    (n) low interest   [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.