13 strokes
sheep 羊 (⺶)
righteousness, justice, morality, honor, loyalty, meaning
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N1
415 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 義 【ギ】 morality, righteousness, justice, honour (honor), meaning, teachings, doctrine, nonconsanguineous relationship (i.e. of in-laws), prosthesis
  • 義務 【ギム】 duty, obligation, responsibility
  • 疑義 【ギギ】 doubt
  • 大義 【タイギ】 great cause, moral law, justice


Japanese names:
ただし、 ちか、 のり、 よし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • moralidad
  • lealtad
  • significado
  • artificial
  • no consanguíneo


  • retidão
  • justiça
  • moralidade
  • honra
  • lealdade
  • significado


  • vertu
  • justice
  • moralité
  • honneur
  • loyauté
  • signification
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645 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
287 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3668 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
244 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1658 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1975 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
291 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
291 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
493 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1568 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2948 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1514 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2052 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
648 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
28504 Morohashi
2338 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4668 New Nelson (John Haig)
641 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
691 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
62 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
771 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
959 2001 Kanji
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