8 strokes
bull's eye, mark, target, object, adjective ending
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
105 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 的 【テキ】 -ical, -ive, -al, -ic, -y, -like, -ish, -sort of, -kind of, (something) like, along the lines of, -wise, in terms of, for, from the viewpoint of, from a ... standpoint, as far as ... is concerned, Mr., Ms., Mrs.
  • 的確 【テキカク】 accurate, precise, exact, appropriate, apt, right
  • 公的 【コウテキ】 public, official
  • 人為的 【ジンイテキ】 artificial, unnatural, human-caused (e.g. mistake, error, disaster), man-made

Kun reading compounds

  • 的 【まと】 mark, target, object, subject, focus, point (e.g. of argument)
  • 的外れ 【まとはずれ】 off the mark, off base, misdirected, irrelevant
  • 憧れの的 【あこがれのまと】 object of adoration, longing
  • 小的 【こまと】 small mark, small target


Japanese names:
いくは、 ゆくは
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
de5, di2, di4


  • objetivo
  • propósito
  • sufijo para formar adjetivos


  • Centro do alvo
  • marca
  • alvo
  • objeto


  • cible
  • but
  • objectif
  • terminaison d'adjectif
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