12 strokes
fire 火 (灬)
sort of thing, so, if so, in that case, well
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
401 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 然 【ゼン】 -like
  • 然諾 【ゼンダク】 consent, saying yes
  • 必然 【ヒツゼン】 inevitable, necessary, certain, sure, inevitability, necessity
  • 漠然 【バクゼン】 vague, obscure, indistinct, hazy, ambiguous
  • 寂然 【セキゼン】 lonely, desolate, forlornness, desolation
  • 自然 【ジネン】 occurring naturally (without human influence)

Kun reading compounds

  • 然 【しか】 like that, as such, yeah, uh-huh
  • 然し 【しかし】 however, but
  • 然り 【しかり】 yes, yea, aye, affirmative, to be so
  • 然し 【しかし】 however, but
  • 而して 【そして】 and, and then, thus, and now, and finally
  • 然 【さ】 so, like that, in that way
  • 然らば 【さらば】 farewell, goodbye, adieu, if so, in that case, then, and (then)
  • 然然 【ささ】 such and such


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • de esa forma
  • en ese caso


  • Tipos de objetos
  • assim
  • se assim
  • naquele caso
  • bem


  • un certain
  • si c'est comme ça
  • dans ce cas
  • suffixe adverbial
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