13 strokes
power, force
forces, energy, military strength
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N2
260 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 勢 【セイ】 energy, military strength
  • 勢力 【セイリョク】 influence, power, might, strength, potency, force, energy
  • 国勢 【コクセイ】 state of a country (population, resources, etc.), condition of a country, strength of a country
  • 党勢 【トウセイ】 strength of a party
  • 勢 【ゼイ】 group engaged in some activity (players, companies, forces, etc.)
  • 同勢 【ドウゼイ】 party, company
  • 猛勢 【モウセイ】 great strength, courageous army, valiant troops

Kun reading compounds

  • 勢い 【いきおい】 force, vigor, vigour, energy, spirit, life, influence, authority, power, might, impetus, momentum, course (of events), naturally, necessarily
  • 勢い余る 【いきおいあまる】 to have excess momentum (from going too fast, using too much force, etc.), to get carried away, to go overboard, to overdo (something)
  • 弾み 【はずみ】 bounce, spring, rebound, momentum, impetus, impulse, stimulus, inertia, moment, instant, impulse, chance
  • 弾車 【はずみぐるま】 flywheel


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • fuerza
  • poder
  • influencia
  • vigor


  • forças
  • energia
  • vigor militar


  • vigueur
  • forces
  • énergie
  • puissance militaire
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