4 strokes
beforehand, previous, myself, I
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
180 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 予 【ヨ】 I, me
  • 予感 【ヨカン】 presentiment, premonition, hunch, to have a premonition, to have a hunch
  • 起訴猶予 【キソユウヨ】 suspension of indictment, leaving charge on the file
  • 執行猶予 【シッコウユウヨ】 stay of execution, suspended sentence

Kun reading compounds

  • 予め 【あらかじめ】 beforehand, in advance, previously


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
yu2, yu3


  • de antemano
  • previo


  • de antemão
  • prévio
  • eu mesmo
  • Eu


  • auparavant
  • à l'avance
  • moi
  • je
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403 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
160 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
271 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
531 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
294 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
62 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
2.12 Japanese for Busy People
393 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
397 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
403 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
275 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2477 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1253 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1719 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1607 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
231 Morohashi
1983 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
68 New Nelson (John Haig)
1593 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1719 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
283 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
245 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3553 2001 Kanji
0a4.12 The Kanji Dictionary
2-2-2 SKIP code
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1720.2 Four corner code
1-45-29 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
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