15 strokes
authority, power, rights
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N3
156 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 権 【ケン】 right (to do something), authority, power
  • 権威 【ケンイ】 authority, power, influence, prestige, (an) authority (on), expert
  • 抵当権 【テイトウケン】 mortgage, right of pledge, lien
  • 参政権 【サンセイケン】 suffrage, franchise
  • 権化 【ゴンゲ】 incarnation (of Buddha or bodhisattva), avatar, embodiment (as in "embodiment of evil"), incarnation, personification
  • 権宮司 【ゴングウジ】 associate chief priest, deputy chief priest

Kun reading compounds

  • 仮殿 【かりどの】 temporary shrine (houses the object in which the deity resides when main shrine is under repairs)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • derechos
  • autoridad
  • poder
  • establecer temporalmente


  • autoridade
  • força
  • direitos


  • pouvoir
  • autorité
  • droits
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