択 (Choice) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

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choiceoptionsselection

Kun readings 🇯🇵

えら.ぶ

On readings 🇨🇳

たく
択 (Choice) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

The kanji 択 means choice, options, selection.

択 is used to indicate any type of choice or selection from a series of options.択 is also a counter for options.

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


Origin of the kanji 択

The kanji 択 is very simple, consisting of two radicals side by side:

  • 扌: radical, variant of kanji 手 mano
  • 尺: radical

What does kanji mean 択

The kanji 択 is used to indicate a choice or option. 択 is used in situations that refer for example to elections, multiple choices, natural selection. In all these words we can see a link with the idea of ​​choice, to choose, to select from a series of options.

Kanji readings 択

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

Kun readings of the kanji 択 🇯🇵

えら. ぶ

The reading えら is used when the kanji forms the verb (えら)ぶ, which means to choose. This kanji is actually not very common for translating the verb to choose. In fact, we use (えら)ぶ much more often in its place.

On readings of the kanji 択 🇨🇳

たく

The たく reading is the standard kanji reading for 択. This is used to indicate choice, options, selection, when associated with other kanji.

(たく) by itself is also a counter for choices and options

Some words that use the kanji 択 reading たく are:

  • (せん)(たく): choice, selection
  • (せん)(たく)(しき): multiple choice
  • (せん)(たく)(けん): right of choice

Examples of the kanji 択

(じゃく)(しゃ)には(なに)(けん)()(せん)(たく)()もない。

The weak are not given any right or choice.

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