9 strokes
upright, chastity, constancy, righteousness
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1389 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 貞 【テイ】 firm adherence to one's principles, chastity (of a woman)
  • 貞潔 【テイケツ】 chastity, purity
  • シロウト童貞 【シロウトドウテイ】 man who has never had sex except with sex workers
  • 不貞 【フテイ】 unfaithfulness, infidelity, unchastity
  • 貞永 【ジョウエイ】 Jōei era (1232.4.2-1233.4.15)
  • 貞応 【ジョウオウ】 Jōō era (1222.4.13-1224.11.20)

Kun reading compounds

  • 貞はる 【さだはる】 to harp too long on a subject


Japanese names:
さざ、 ただし、 りょう
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • recto
  • justo
  • constante
  • casto


  • correto
  • casto
  • constância
  • retidão


  • intègre
  • chasteté
  • pureté
  • vertu
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