17 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
reparation, make up for, recompense, redeem
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
854 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 償却 【ショウキャク】 repayment, redemption, depreciation, amortization, amortisation
  • 償還 【ショウカン】 repayment, redemption, amortization, amortisation
  • 無償 【ムショウ】 without compensation, without reward, without pay, free (of charge)
  • 有償 【ユウショウ】 (involving) payment, (involving) compensation, paying a fee

Kun reading compounds

  • 償う 【つぐなう】 to make up for, to compensate for, to indemnify, to recompense, to redeem (e.g. a fault), to atone for


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • compensación
  • indemnización
  • compensar
  • resarcir
  • recompensar


  • reparação
  • compensação
  • recompensa
  • redimir
  • resgate


  • compensation
  • réparation
  • indemnisation
  • se racheter
  • récompense
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