7 strokes
instead, on the contrary, rather, step back, withdraw, retreat
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
959 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 焼却 【ショウキャク】 incineration, destroy by fire
  • 償却 【ショウキャク】 repayment, redemption, depreciation, amortization, amortisation

Kun reading compounds

  • 却って 【かえって】 on the contrary, rather, instead, all the more
  • 退ける 【しりぞける】 to refuse, to reject, to turn down, to dismiss, to repel, to repulse, to drive away, to beat off, to defeat, to make (someone) leave, to send away, to turn away, to force (someone) to leave their post, to oust, to remove, to expel


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • retirarse
  • echarse atrás
  • rechazar


  • ao invés
  • ao contrário
  • melhor


  • au lieu de
  • au contraire
  • plutôt
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