9 strokes
rhythm, law, regulation, gauge, control
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N2
992 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 律 【リツ】 law (esp. ancient East Asian criminal code), regulation, vinaya (rules for the monastic community), Ritsu (school of Buddhism), lüshi (style of Chinese poem), (musical) pitch, six odd-numbered notes of the ancient chromatic scale, Japanese seven-tone gagaku scale, similar to Dorian mode (corresponding to: re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do), step (in traditional Eastern music, corresponding to a Western semitone)
  • 律令 【リツリョウ】 ritsuryō, criminal, administrative and civil codes of the Nara and Heian eras based on Chinese models
  • 一律 【イチリツ】 uniform, even, across-the-board, equal
  • 自律 【ジリツ】 autonomy (in Kantian ethics), self-control
  • 律儀 【リチギ】 upright, honest, faithful, conscientious, sincere
  • 律義者 【リチギモノ】 honest person, conscientious person
  • 呂律 【ロレツ】 articulation


Japanese names:
たかし、 のり
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • ley
  • regulación
  • regla
  • ritmo (musical)


  • ritmo
  • lei
  • regulamento
  • medida
  • controle


  • rythme
  • ordonner
  • loi
  • régulation
  • contrôle
  • jauge
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627 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
433 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
268 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
322 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
883 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
10097 Morohashi
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1740 New Nelson (John Haig)
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939 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
895 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
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1-3-6 SKIP code
2520.7 Four corner code
1-46-07 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5f8b Unicode hex code