12 strokes
mouth, opening
virtuous, good, goodness
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N1
765 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 善 【ゼン】 good, goodness, right, virtue
  • 善意 【ゼンイ】 virtuous mind, good intentions, good will, positive mindset, bona fides, good faith
  • 親善 【シンゼン】 friendship, goodwill, friendly relations, amity
  • 独善 【ドクゼン】 self-righteousness, self-justified

Kun reading compounds

  • 良い 【よい】 good, excellent, fine, nice, pleasant, agreeable, sufficient, enough, ready, prepared, profitable (deal, business offer, etc.), beneficial, OK, all right, fine, no problem, easy to ...
  • 善い行い 【よいおこない】 good deed
  • いい事 【いいこと】 good thing, nice thing, good excuse, good grounds, good opportunity, interjection used to impress an idea or to urge a response
  • いい人 【いいひと】 good-natured person, good person, (one's) lover, boyfriend, girlfriend
  • 良く 【よく】 nicely, properly, well, skillfully, skilfully, frequently, often, I'm glad that you ..., thank you for ..., (you have) quite the nerve to, I don't know how you can ...
  • 善くも 【よくも】 how dare ..., how could ..., surprisingly, unexpectedly


Japanese names:
たる、 よし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • bondad
  • virtud


  • bom
  • virtuoso
  • bondade


  • bien
  • bonté
  • vertu
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