The Radical: 正


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correct    正

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JLPT 4Joyo 1
correct, proper
masa, tadashii, SEI, SHŌ
At top a horizontal upper line , bottom: to stop (= Impression of the right foot turned 90° to the left.)
To stop at the line is: correct!
JLPT 3Joyo 3
arrange, put in order, prepare
totonou/eru, SEI
Top: bundle (Things , strapped with a ribbon to a bundle.) and strike (a hand with a stick), bottom: correct (at the line to stop is correct)
The bundle needs to be punched, but correctly for (good) arrangement.
JLPT 4Joyo 3
topic, theme, title
DAI
Left: correct, proper, this (sun , correct ), right: head, forehead
The proper head is our topic.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
decide, establish, fix, rule, certainty
sadameru, TEI, JŌ
Top: roof , below: var. of correct (at the line to stop is correct.)
Under this roof it is decided according to fixed rules.
JLPT 1Joyo 5
proof
SHŌ
Left: word (sound waves out of a mouth ), right: correct
Words that are correct serve as a proof.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
politics, government, administration
matsurigoto, SEI, SHŌ
Left: correct, proper (at the line to stop is correct), right: strike (hand , stick )
A proper strike is essential in politics.
JLPT 1Joyo 5
present, offer, hold
sageru, TEI, CHŌ
Left: hand , right: proper/right (sun , correct )
On the hand is the proper: That's what I present.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
military, warrior, martial
BU, MU
Left: correct (at the line to stop is correct) [= Footprint of the right foot rotated 90° to the left.], right: sabre
Correct sabres are part of the military.
JLPT 2Joyo 6
prolong, delay, extend, strech, postpone
nobiru/beru/basu, EN
Left: movement , right: correct (at the line to stop is correct.)
Movement is correct (= is needed) to prolong or extend.
JLPT 2Joyo 6
doubt, distrust, suspect
utagau, GI
Left: seated person , arrow ; right: bent person , correct
Both persons have an arrow, whether if it's the correct one, they doubt.
JLPT 1Joyo 6
follow, obedience, comply, obey, subordinate
shitagau,
Left: to go , right: out of , correct .
I go out very correctly: I follow in obedience.
JLPT 1Joyo 6
vertical, length
tate,
Left: thread , right: follow, obey (Go out but correctly and obedient.)
(At the loom:) The threads of "obedience= " [= warp-thread, to which the rest follows] are vertical.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
right, just so, proper, this
kore, ZE
Top: sun , below: correct (at the line to stop is correct)
The sun looks correctly: That is right.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
imitate, mimic, model
modoki, GI
Left: hand , right: doubt (Both persons have an arrow , but if it's the correct one, they have their doubt.)
(Made) by hand and dubious: An imitation!
JLPT 1Joyo 7
congeal, stiff, harden, freeze, engrossed
koru/rasu, GYŌ
Left: ice , right: doubt (Both persons have an arrow , but if it's the correct one, they have their doubt.)
Ice, there is no doubt, is congealed.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
symptom (of an illness)
SHŌ
Outside: illness/disease (An ice--cold building 广 makes sick.), below: correct (at the line to stop is correct)
A disease is correctly (determined) by the symptoms.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
lock, padlock, tablet/pill

Left: metal , right: decide, rule, fix (Under this roof it is decided according to correct rules.)
(If you can enter or not:) The metal that decides is the lock.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
assault, attack, subjugate, assail
SEI
Left: go , right: correct (At the line to stop is correct.)
Go ahead correctly if you want to assault.
婿
JLPT 1Joyo 7
son-in-law
muko, SEI
Left: woman , right: var. of correct/proper (At the line to stop is correct.), body /
That woman wants a "proper body" as son-in-law.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
rotate, turn, revolve, gyrate
SEN
Left: side, direction , right: horizontal person , var. of correct . (When sleeping, one must occasionally turn to the other side to avoid pressure & bed sores & circulation problems.)
The side of the lying person is fine/correct, but he must turn.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
foundation, basis
ishizue, SO
Left: stone , right: forest (here: two poles of the building), below: correct
Stones under both poles are correct as: foundation.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
alienate, neglect, scattered, sparse
utoi/mu, SO
Left: var. of correct (At the line to stop is correct.), right: bundle (Things , strapped with a ribbon to a bundle)
(When you form a group, you no longer care about the individual:) If you tie it up properly into a bundle, (each individual:) is neglected / alienated.
JLPT 1Joyo 6
birth, nativity, be born
TAN
Left: word , right: delay, extend (Movement is correct (= is needed) to extend.)
(A birth is painful and she screams with long words: Thiiiis is soooooo painful!) Words are extended at the: birth. OR: The description (= the word) for that one (= the family) spreads (= become more) is: "birthday".
JLPT 1Joyo 7
dike, embankment
tsutsumi, TEI
Left: earth , right: correct (sun , vari. of correct )
Earth is the correct (material) for a dike.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
tribute, levy, endow, poem
FU
Left: money , right: military (Correct sabres are used at the military.)
The money for the military are the: tributes.
JLPT -Joyo 7
rip, be torn apart, to open out, opened seam
hokorobiru, TAN
Left: thread , right: fix, decide (Under the roof we have correct rules for our decitions.)
The thread has fixed it, but now it is ripped open.

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