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Chinese Text Project

U+53EF

Seal script

Jinwen

Jiaguwen

Jianbo

Semantic variant

Semantic variant

Radical:+ 2 strokes = 5 strokes total.
References:Guangyun: p.304#54 Kangxi: p.172#12 Cihai: p.244r1c02 GSR: 1.a Hanyu: v1,p0567#07
Composition:Top-right: , bottom-left: . Compositionally related: . Component of: 𨚩 𭇄 𡘀 𡥚 𢎄 𢘟 𬮠 𪫧 𭇎 [More]
Mandarin: ㄎㄜˇ ㄎㄜˋ
Cantonese:hak1 ho2
Tang reconstruction:*kɑ̌
Shuowen:可部》可:𦘫也。从口丂,丂亦聲。凡可之屬皆从可。
Guangyun:廣韻·上聲··》可:許可也,又虜複姓三氏周太保王雄賜姓可頻氏梁有河南王可沓振又有可達氏又虜三字姓三氏後魏書可地延氏改爲延氏又并州刺史男可朱渾買奴前燕慕容儁皇后可足渾氏。枯我切,四。
Kangxi:康熙字典·口部·》可:《唐韻》肯我切《集韻》《韻會》《正韻》口我切,𠀤音坷。《說文》肯也。《廣韻》許可也。《韻會》可者,否之對。《·堯典》囂訟可乎。《文中子·事君篇》達人哉山濤也,多可而少怪。又僅可,未足之辭。《論語》子曰:可也𥳑。又《禮·內則》擇于諸母與可者。《註》諸母,衆妾也,可者,傅御之屬也。又所也。《禮·中庸》體物而不可遺。《註》體猶生也,可猶所也。不有所遺,言萬物無不以鬼神之氣生也。又姓。《正字通》唐諫議大夫可中正,宋紹興進士可懋。又《字彙補》苦格切,音克。《魏書·吐谷渾傳》可汗,此非復人事。《唐書·突厥傳》可汗猶單于也,妻曰可敦。又叶孔五切,音苦。《韓愈·元和聖德詩》負鄙爲難,縱則不可。出師征之,其衆十旅。又叶口箇切,軻去聲。《魏文帝·寡婦賦》伏枕兮不寐,逮平明兮起坐。愁百端兮猥來,心鬱鬱兮無可。又《集韻》歌古作可。註詳欠部十畫。又讀作何。《石鼓文》其魚隹可。《風雅廣逸註》隹可讀作惟何,古省文也。
Fanqie:枯我 (《廣韻·上聲··》)
Unihan definition:may, can, -able; possibly

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Example usage

論語·學而》:三年無改於父之道,謂孝矣。
If for three years he does not alter from the way of his father, he may be called filial.
孟子·盡心上》:公孫丑曰:「道則高矣,美矣,宜若登天然,似不及也。」
Gong Sun Chou said, 'Lofty are your principles and admirable, but to learn them may well be likened to ascending the heavens - something which cannot be reached.'
禮記·深衣》:袼之高下,以運肘。
The sleeve was joined to the body of the dress at the arm-pit, so as to allow the freest movement of the elbow-joint.
孝經·諫諍》:敢問子從父之令,謂孝乎?
I would venture to ask if (simple) obedience to the orders of one's father can be pronounced filial piety.
揚子法言·》:芒芒天道,昔在聖考,過則失中,不及則不至,不姦罔,譔《問道》。
Vast! Vast is Tian's Dao! In the past the sages completed it. If one goes too far, he loses the mean. If one doesn't go all the way, he doesn't reach the Dao. It cannot be defiled or maligned. Thus, I have written "Asking About the Dao."
莊子·逍遙遊》:不夭斤斧,物無害者,無所用,安所困苦哉!
Neither bill nor axe would shorten its existence; there would be nothing to injure it. What is there in its uselessness to cause you distress?
道德經》:道,非常道。
(Embodying the Dao) The Dao that can be trodden is not the enduring and unchanging Dao.
商君書·更法》:民不與慮始,而與樂成。
One cannot let the people share in the thoughts about the beginnings of an affair, but they should be allowed to share in the rejoicings over the completion of it.
孫子兵法·始計》:孫子曰:兵者,國之大事,死生之地,存亡之道,不不察也。
Sunzi said: The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.
荀子·大略》:君子能為貴,不能使人必貴己。
說苑·君道》:凡處尊位者必以敬,下順德規諫,必開不諱之門,撙節安靜以藉之,諫者勿振以威,毋格其言,博采其辭,乃擇觀。
春秋繁露·玉杯》:一日不無君,而猶三年稱子者,為君心之未當立也。
韓詩外傳·卷一》:懷其寶而迷其國者,不與語仁。
大戴禮記·主言》:語明主之道與?
白虎通德論·》:公者,加尊二王之後,侯者百里之正爵士,上有次,下有第,中央故無二。
新書·脩政語下》:故曰:和以守,而嚴以守,而嚴不若和之固也。
新序·善謀下》:歌曰:「檻鵠高蜚,一舉千里,羽翮已就,橫絕四海,當奈何?」
中論·治學》:有懿德,故以經人倫。
孔子家語·相魯》:孔子對曰:「雖天下乎!」
潛夫論·讚學》:若此言之而信,則人不以不就師矣。
論衡·命義》:以聖明之德,而有囚厄之變,謂遭矣。
太玄經·》:次三,龍出于中,首尾信,以為庸。
風俗通義》:綴文之士,雜襲龍鱗,訓註說難,轉相陵高,積如丘山,謂繁富者矣。
孔叢子·廣言》:哿,也。
申鑒·政體》: 民不畏死,不懼以罪,民不樂生,不觀以善,雖使禼布五教,咎繇作士,政不行焉。
忠經·天地神明章》:人能至公,不私諸己,何往不也?
素書·原始章》:夫欲為人之本,不無一焉。
新語·道基》:故在天者見,在地者量,在物者紀,在人者相。
獨斷·卷上》:古者尊卑共之,貴賤不嫌,則同號之義也。
蔡中郎集·獨斷》:光武雖在十二,于父子之次,于成帝為兄弟,為于哀帝為諸父,于平帝為父祖,皆不為之後。
墨子·經說下》:讓也。
魯勝墨辯注敘》:是有不是,有不,是名兩,同而有異,異而有同,是之謂辯同異。
列子·天瑞》:往復,其際不終。
鶡冠子·天則》:彼天地之以無極者,以守度量,而不濫,日不踰辰,月宿其列,當名服事,星守弗去,弦望晦朔,終始相巡,踰年累歲,用不縵縵,此天之所柄以臨斗者也。
文子·道原》:夫道者,高不極,深不測,苞裹天地,稟受無形,原流泏泏,沖而不盈,濁以靜之徐清,施之無窮,無所朝夕,表之不盈一握,約而能張,幽而能明,柔而能剛,含陰吐陽,而章三光
文始真經·一宇》:關尹子曰:「非有道不言,不言即道。」
列仙傳·赤將子輿》:雲中遊,性命度。
鬻子》:君王欲緣五帝之道而不失,則以長久。
老子河上公章句》:道,謂經術政教之道也。
韓非子·初見秦》:夫一人奮死以對十,十以對百,百以對千,千以對萬,萬以剋天下矣。
申不害·大體》:其所守者,非恃琬琰之美、千金之重也,而欲勿失,其得耶?

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