承 (Consent) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

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JLPT N28 strokes
consentawarenessto be toldknowledgeapproval

Kun readings 🇯🇵

うけたまわ.るう.ける

On readings 🇨🇳

しょうじょう
承 (Consent) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

The kanji 承 means consent, to be told, awareness, knowledge, approval.

承 is used in typically formal contexts to indicate approval and consent to an explanation or order received.

In this post we learn in detail the meaning of 承, its origin, and how it is used through real example sentences.


Origin of the kanji 承

The kanji 承 is quite particular and one of a kind. We can recognize the following kanji within 承:

  • 子: kanji which means child, which you can see in the upper and central section of the kanji
  • 手: kanji meaning hand, which is intertwined with the kanji 子 in the center of 承

What does kanji mean 承

The kanji 承 is most often used in formal situations to indicate consent, acceptance, knowledge, awareness. 承 is also used as a verb meaning to know, to be told, to receive (order).

Kanji readings 承

Let's now see the various On and Kun readings that the kanji 承 assumes.

Kun readings of the kanji 承 🇯🇵

うけたまわ. る

This reading is quite rare for the kanji. It is used for the verb (うけたまわ)る, which means to hear, to know, to receive (order).

う. ける

The reading う is used for the verb ()ける, which means to receive.

On readings of the kanji 承 🇨🇳

しょう

The reading しょう is the most common for the kanji. This reading is used in combination with other kanji to indicate consent, knowledge, approval (of an order received for example).

This reading becomes じょう with some kanji.

Some words that use the kanji 承 reading しょう are:

  • (しょう)(): knowledge, consent, acceptance
  • (りょう)(しょう): approval, consent
  • ()(しょう): disagree, negation

Examples of the kanji 承

そんなことを(しょう)()するはずないだろう。

It is impossible to accept such a thing.

()(まえ)()(って)(たの)みとは(しょう)()しておりますが…

I am aware that this request is selfish, but...

()()れさせず(けい)(しょう)していってくれ。

Must not be interrupted, it's inheritance.

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