7 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
repress, well, now, in the first place, push, shove, press, seal, do in spite of
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
834 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 抑止 【ヨクシ】 check, checkmate, stave off, control, restraint, inhibit, deterrent, deterrence
  • 抑圧 【ヨクアツ】 check, restraint, oppression, suppression
  • 圧抑 【アツヨク】 check, restraint, oppression, suppression
  • 謙抑 【ケンヨク】 humbling oneself

Kun reading compounds

  • 抑える 【おさえる】 to keep within limits (e.g. spending), to restrain (e.g. emotions), to control, to curb, to hold in check, to hold back (e.g. an enemy), to check, to curb, to contain, to quell, to subdue, to suppress, to repress


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • freno
  • restricción
  • reprimir
  • restringir


  • reprimir
  • bem
  • agora
  • no primeiro lugar
  • empurrar
  • pressionar
  • imprenum
  • carimbo
  • fazer apesar de


  • répression
  • bon..!
  • maintenant
  • en premier lieu
  • pousser
  • presser
  • sceau
  • faire en dépit de
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1057 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1100 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1264 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
867 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
301 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
193 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
229 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1716 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
11883 Morohashi
257 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2090 New Nelson (John Haig)
1700 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1835 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1131 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1344 2001 Kanji
3c4.12 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-4 SKIP code
5702.0 Four corner code
1-45-62 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6291 Unicode hex code