4 strokes
right hand
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
191 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 反 【ハン】 anti-, antithesis, fanqie, traditional Chinese spelling system in which two characters are used: the first one for the onset, the second one for rhyme and tone
  • 反対 【ハンタイ】 opposition, resistance, antagonism, hostility, objection, dissent, reverse, opposite, inverse, contrary
  • 離反 【リハン】 estrangement, alienation, disaffection, desertion, defection, breakaway
  • 造反 【ゾウハン】 rebellion
  • 反故 【ホゴ】 wastepaper, scrap paper
  • 謀反 【ムホン】 rebellion, revolt, insurrection, treason
  • 反 【タン】 variable measure of fabric (28.8 cm in width), for kimonos: at least 10 m in length, for haori: at least 7.27 m in length, for other clothes: at least 6.06 m in length, 300 tsubo (991.74 meters square, 0.24506 acres), six ken (10.91 m)
  • 反物 【タンモノ】 fabric, cloth, textiles, drapery, dry-goods, piece goods, measure of kimono material
  • 減反 【ゲンタン】 reduction (of crop size), reduction of acreage (under cultivation)
  • 一反 【イッタン】 one-tenth hectare
  • 反故にする 【ホゴニスル】 to throw away as useless, to scrap, to make null and void, to renege, to annul, to revoke
  • 反故 【ホゴ】 wastepaper, scrap paper

Kun reading compounds

  • 反る 【そる】 to warp, to curve, to arch, to bend, to bend backward (body or body part, e.g. fingers)
  • 反らす 【そらす】 to bend, to warp, to curve
  • 返す 【かえす】 to return (something), to restore, to put back, to turn over, to turn upside down, to overturn, to pay back, to retaliate, to reciprocate, to respond (with), to retort, to reply, to say back, to do ... back (e.g. speak back, throw back), to do again, to do repeatedly
  • 返る 【かえる】 to return, to come back, to go back, to turn over, to become extremely, to become completely


Japanese names:
そり、 た
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
ban, beon


  • anti-
  • opuesto
  • devolver
  • reflejar
  • curvarse


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