5 strokes
reject, retreat, recede, withdraw, repel, repulse
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
2231 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 斥力 【セキリョク】 repulsion, repulsive force
  • 外国人排斥 【ガイコクジンハイセキ】 xenophobia, exclusion (of foreigners)
  • 除斥 【ジョセキ】 exclusion

Kun reading compounds

  • 退ける 【しりぞける】 to refuse, to reject, to turn down, to dismiss, to repel, to repulse, to drive away, to beat off, to defeat, to make (someone) leave, to send away, to turn away, to force (someone) to leave their post, to oust, to remove, to expel


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • rechazar
  • repeler
  • ahuyentar
  • alejar


  • rejeitado
  • recuo
  • retirada
  • retroceder
  • repelir
  • empurrar


  • rejeter
  • se retirer
  • repousser
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3-3-2 SKIP code
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