9 strokes
knife, sword 刀 (刂)
rule, law, follow, based on, model after
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N2
753 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 則 【ソク】 counter for rules, rule, regulation
  • 即する 【ソクスル】 to conform to, to agree with, to be adapted to, to be based on
  • 反則 【ハンソク】 foul, breaking the rules, violation (of the law, regulations, etc.), infringement, breach, infraction
  • 正則 【セイソク】 correct, proper, formal, regular, systematic, normal, invertible (matrix), holomorphic

Kun reading compounds

  • 則る 【のっとる】 to conform to, to be in accordance with, to follow (rule, tradition, example, etc.)
  • 法 【のり】 rule, law, regulation, model, pattern, teachings of Buddha, Buddhist doctrine, transverse measurement, measurement across, side-slope, slope
  • 即ち 【すなわち】 that is (to say), namely, i.e., precisely, exactly, just, nothing but, neither more nor less, (and) then


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
jeug, chig, cheug


  • regla
  • norma
  • ley
  • decisión


  • regra
  • seguir
  • basear em
  • ter como modelo


  • règlement
  • règle
  • suivre
  • norme
  • loi (science, nature)
666 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
764 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
742 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
855 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4487 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
499 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
362 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
902 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
608 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
618 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
808 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
197 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1831 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
967 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1311 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
89 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
1994 Morohashi
1444 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
487 New Nelson (John Haig)
88 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
92 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
702 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3943 2001 Kanji
7b2.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-7-2 SKIP code
6280.0 Four corner code
1-34-07 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5247 Unicode hex code