10 strokes
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N2
958 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 弱 【ジャク】 a little less than, a little under, slightly fewer than, weakness, the weak, low (setting), -lower (seismic intensity)
  • 弱者 【ジャクシャ】 weak person, the weak, vulnerable person, disadvantaged person
  • 精神薄弱 【セイシンハクジャク】 feeble-mindedness, intellectual disability
  • 薄弱 【ハクジャク】 feebleness, weakness, weak

Kun reading compounds

  • 弱い 【よわい】 weak, frail, delicate, tender, unskilled, weak (wine)
  • 弱い経済 【よわいけいざい】 weak economy
  • 弱る 【よわる】 to weaken, to grow weak, to wane, to decline (of one's health), to be downcast, to be dejected, to be dispirited, to be troubled, to be at a loss, to be perplexed, to be annoyed
  • 弱まる 【よわまる】 to abate, to weaken, to be emaciated, to be dejected, to be perplexed
  • 弱める 【よわめる】 to weaken


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • débil
  • endeble
  • delicado
  • debilitarse
  • debilitar


  • frágil
  • fraco


  • faible
  • fragile
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595 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
169 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
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218 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
218 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
112 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
610 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1499 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
792 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1080 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1244 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
9791P Morohashi
1167 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1692 New Nelson (John Haig)
1236 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1323 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
196 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3553 2001 Kanji
3h7.2 The Kanji Dictionary
1-5-5 SKIP code
1712.7 Four corner code
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