5 strokes
mouth, opening
can, passable, mustn't, should not, do not
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
314 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 可 【カ】 passable, acceptable, tolerable, fair
  • 可愛い 【カワイイ】 cute, adorable, charming, lovely, pretty, dear, precious, darling, pet, cute little, tiny
  • 許可 【キョカ】 permission, approval, authorization, license, to permit, to authorize
  • 不可 【フカ】 wrong, bad, improper, unjustifiable, inadvisable, not allowed, not possible, failing grade


Japanese names:
ke3, ke4
ga, geug


  • bueno
  • aprobación
  • posible
  • poder hacer


  • aceitável
  • não deve não
  • faz


  • possible
  • acceptable
  • ne doit pas
  • ne pas, négatif
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816 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
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24 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
253 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
397 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
165 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
388 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
390 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
412 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
314 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3687 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1882 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2562 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
94 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
3245 Morohashi
2969 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
701 New Nelson (John Haig)
93 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
97 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
463 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
647 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3149 2001 Kanji
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3-2-3 SKIP code
1062.0 Four corner code
18-36 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
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