17 strokes
speech 言 (訁)
self-effacing, humble oneself, condescend, be modest
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1582 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 謙虚 【ケンキョ】 modest, humble
  • 謙遜 【ケンソン】 modesty, humility, being humble
  • 恭謙 【キョウケン】 modesty, humility

Kun reading compounds

  • 謙る 【へりくだる】 to deprecate oneself and praise the listener, to abase oneself


Japanese names:
かね、 ゆずる
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • modesto
  • humilde
  • condescendiente


  • Desvanecer-se
  • ficar humilde
  • comdescender
  • ser modesto


  • modestie
  • humilité
  • condescendre
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