13 strokes
sign 示 (礻)
prohibition, ban, forbid
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N2
681 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 禁 【キン】 ban (e.g. on smoking), prohibition
  • 禁煙 【キンエン】 abstaining from smoking, quitting smoking, prohibition of smoking, No Smoking, Smoking Prohibited
  • 軟禁 【ナンキン】 house arrest
  • 拘禁 【コウキン】 detention, custody, confinement, internment


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
jin4, jin1


  • prohibición
  • proscripción
  • prohibir


  • proibição
  • proibir
  • banir


  • interdiction
  • défense de
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