5 strokes
wherefore, a reason
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
325 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 由来 【ユライ】 origin, source, history, derivation, originally, from the start, by nature
  • 由緒 【ユイショ】 history, pedigree, lineage
  • 来由 【ライユ】 origin, cause
  • 因由 【インユ】 cause
  • 事由 【ジユウ】 reason, cause
  • 服装自由 【フクソウジユウ】 no dress code, lack of dress code (at work)
  • 由緒 【ユイショ】 history, pedigree, lineage
  • 由緒ある 【ユイショアル】 venerable, prestigious, with a long history

Kun reading compounds

  • 由 【よし】 reason, significance, cause, piece of information that one has heard, I hear that ..., it is said that ...
  • 由ありげ 【よしありげ】 meaningful, suggestive, seeming to be with a history, seeming to be with circumstances that are hard to explain
  • 候由 【そうろうよし】 I hear that ...
  • 依る 【よる】 to be due to, to be caused by, to depend on, to turn on, to be based on, to come from, to be based at (a location, an organization), to be headquartered at


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • razón
  • significado
  • causa


  • porquanto
  • por conseguinte
  • uma razão


  • c'est pourquoi
  • raison
  • cause
  • origine
  • grave
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89 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
297 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
739 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
186 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
363 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
364 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
623 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1333 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
4311 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2181 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2935 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1114 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
21724 Morohashi
3499 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3724 New Nelson (John Haig)
1105 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1186 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
134 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
261 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1676 2001 Kanji
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4-5-2 SKIP code
5060.0 Four corner code
1-45-19 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
7531 Unicode hex code