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

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bear up
Bushu (Radical) Info: 力 (ちから) – strong
Henshall Mnemonic: hand pressing down with strength
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #62 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

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JLPT N4 Words

  •   [ちから]
    (n) force; strength; energy; might; power; agency; authority; influence; vigor; stress; emphasis; exertions; endeavors; efficacy; help; support; good offices; ability; faculty; capability; attainment; means; resources   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [きょうりょく]
    (n,vs) cooperation; collaboration   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょうりょく]
    (adj-na,n) powerful; strong   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どりょく]
    (n,vs) great effort; exertion; endeavour; effort   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [のうりょく]
    (n) ability; faculty   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みりょく]
    (n) charm; fascination; glamour   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [いんりょく]
    (n) gravity   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がくりょく]
    (n) scholarship; knowledge; literary ability   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かつりょく]
    (n) vitality; energy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうりょく]
    (n) effect; efficacy; validity; potency   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じつりょく]
    (n) merit; efficiency; arms; force   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅうりょく]
    (n) gravity   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜんりょく]
    (n) all one's power; whole energy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そくりょく]
    (n) speed   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [でんりょく]
    (n) electric power   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょく]
    (n-suf) strength; power   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • い   [ちからづよい]
    (adj) reassuring; emboldened   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [あつりょく]
    (n,vs) stress; pressure   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いりょく]
    (n) power; might; authority; influence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けんりょく]
    (n) (political) power; authority; influence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいりょく]
    (n) influence; power; might; strength; potency; force; energy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんりょく]
    (n) war potential   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいりょく]
    (n) physical strength   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だんりょく]
    (n) elasticity; flexibility   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どうりょく]
    (n) power; motive power; dynamic force   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [あくりょく]
    (n) grip (of hand)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [えんしんりょく]
    (n) centrifugal force   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かりょく]
    (n) heating power; steam power   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きりょく]
    (n) willpower; energy; vitality   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうしんりょく]
    (n) centripetal force   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょくりょく]
    (adv) to the utmost; to the best of one's ability   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きんりょく]
    (n) physical strength   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げんしりょく]
    (n) atomic energy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げんどうりょく]
    (n) motive power   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうばいりょく]
    (n) buying power   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごうりょく]
    (n) resultant force; cooperation; Herculean strength   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくさいきょうりょくじぎょうだん]
    Japan International Cooperation Agency (1974); JICA   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくりょく]
    (n) national power   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しりょく]
    (n) eyesight   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じりき]
    (n) by oneself; self-made   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 使   [じつりょくこうし]
    use of force   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅりょく]
    (n) main force; chief object   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅつりょく]
    (n,vs) output (e.g. of dynamo)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょりょく]
    (n) assistance; support   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうりょく]
    (n) labor saving   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じんりきしゃ]
    (n) rickshaw; jinrikisha   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じんりょく]
    (n) efforts; assistance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すいりょく]
    (n) hydraulic power   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいじりょく]
    (n) political strength   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいめいりょく]
    (n) one's life force   [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.