4 strokes
negative, non-, bad, ugly, clumsy
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N4
101 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 不 【フ】 un-, non-, negative prefix
  • 不安 【フアン】 anxiety, uneasiness, worry, apprehension, fear, insecurity, suspense
  • 意味不 【イミフ】 of uncertain meaning, ambiguous, cryptic, nonsensical, incomprehensible, perplexing
  • 社不 【シャフ】 person unfit for society, misfit
  • 無 【ブ】 un-, non-, bad ..., poor ...
  • 不気味 【ブキミ】 weird, eerie, ominous, creepy, uncanny, unearthly


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
bu4, bu2
bu, bul


  • prefijo negativo: in-
  • des-


  • Prefixo negativo
  • negativa
  • não
  • feia
  • ruim
  • deselegante


  • négation
  • non
  • mauvais
  • laid
  • maladroit
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1302 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
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