11 strokes
speech 言 (訁)
permit, approve
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
720 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 許諾 【キョダク】 consent, assent, approval, permission
  • 許可 【キョカ】 permission, approval, authorization, license
  • 特許 【トッキョ】 patent, special permission, license, licence, concession, charter
  • 専売特許 【センバイトッキョ】 patent, one's specialty (party piece, etc.)

Kun reading compounds

  • 許す 【ゆるす】 to permit, to allow, to approve, to consent to, to forgive, to pardon, to excuse, to tolerate, to exempt (someone) from, to remit, to release, to let off, to acknowledge, to admit, to trust, to confide in, to let one's guard down, to give up (points in a game, distance in a race, etc.), to yield
  • 許すまじ 【ゆるすまじ】 unforgivable, inexcusable, unpardonable
  • 下 【もと】 under (guidance, supervision, rules, the law, etc.), under (a flag, the sun, etc.), beneath, with (e.g. one blow), on (the promise, condition, assumption, etc. that ...), in (e.g. the name of ...), (someone's) side, (someone's) location
  • 胸元 【むなもと】 breast, chest, pit of the stomach, solar plexus, epigastrium
  • 此処許 【ここもと】 here, this area, around here, I, me


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
xu3, hu3
heo, ho


  • permitir
  • perdonar
  • dejar
  • excusar


  • permitir
  • aprovar


  • autorisation
  • permettre
  • seulement
587 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
679 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
650 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
754 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4324 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
657 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
898 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1403 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
737 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
750 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
667 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1664 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1862 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
986 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1337 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
576 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
35298 Morohashi
1470 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5569 New Nelson (John Haig)
569 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
611 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
729 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3055 2001 Kanji
7a4.3 The Kanji Dictionary
1-7-4 SKIP code
0864.0 Four corner code
1-21-86 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8a31 Unicode hex code