9 strokes
mound, dam (阝 left) 阜 (阝)
limit, restrict, to best of ability
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
405 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 限定 【ゲンテイ】 limit, restriction
  • 限界 【ゲンカイ】 limit, bound
  • 上限 【ジョウゲン】 upper limit, supremum
  • 有限 【ユウゲン】 finite, limited

Kun reading compounds

  • 限る 【かぎる】 to restrict, to limit, to confine, to be restricted to, to be limited to, to be confined to, to be best (for), to be the best plan, to be the only way (to)
  • 限り 【かぎり】 limit, limits, bounds, degree, extent, scope, the end, the last, as long as ..., as far as ..., as much as ..., to the limits of ..., all of ..., unless ..., (not) included in ..., (not) part of ..., ... only (e.g. "one time only", "today only"), end of one's life, final moments, death, funeral, burial
  • 限りない 【かぎりない】 unlimited, endless, boundless, infinite
  • 中限 【なかぎり】 next-month delivery


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • limitar
  • restringir
  • confinar


  • limite
  • restringir
  • o melhor possível


  • limite
  • limiter
  • restreindre
  • autant que possible
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