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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 水 (みず) – water
Henshall Mnemonic: constrained by law to leave water
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 4
Frequency: #100 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N4 Words

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [ほうほう]
    (n) method; process; manner; way; means; technique   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほう]
    (n,n-suf) Act (law: the X Act)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けんぽう]
    (n) constitution   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さほう]
    (n) manners; etiquette; propriety   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [ほうそく]
    (n) law; rule   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すんぽう]
    (n) measurement; size; dimension   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [ほうあん]
    (n) bill (law)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りっぽう]
    (n) legislation; lawmaking   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうがく]
    (n) law; jurisprudence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうてい]
    (n) courtroom   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しほう]
    (n) administration of justice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅほう]
    (n) technique   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいほう]
    (n) manufacturing method; recipe; formula   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [こくさいほう]
    (n) international laws   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [えんきんほう]
    (n) perspective   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうほうろん]
    (n) methodology   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくしゅほうじん]
    semigovernmental corporation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みんぽう]
    (n) civil law; civil code   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きじゅんほう]
    basic law   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とりしまりほう]
    control law   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜいほう]
    (n) taxation law   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほういがく]
    (n) legal medicine   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうほう]
    (n) sailing; navigation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうおう]
    (n) Pope   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りっぽうふ]
    (n) assize   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうほう]
    (n) trade; business; commerce; commercial law   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きんしほう]
    (n) negative statute; law against something   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいほう]
    (n) criminal law; penal code   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんぽう]
    (n) tactics; strategy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうがい]
    (adj-na,n) exorbitant; outrageous   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうがくぶ]
    (n) law department; law school   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうき]
    (n) the law; laws and regulations   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうほう]
    (n) method of construction   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうし]
    (n) Buddhist priest; bonze   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうちこく]
    (n) constitutional state   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうじん]
    (n) juridical (legal) person; corporate body; corporation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうせい]
    (n) legislation; laws   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうせいきょく]
    (n) Cabinet Legislation Bureau   [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.