Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.
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KEN

kata(i)
meaning: firm, solid, hard

手堅い == tegatai == (adjective) steady, firm, solid, secure
堅実 == kenjitsu ==  (noun, adjective that takes な) steady, sound, reliable, solid


Bottom radical is 'earth/ground' (土). Upper radical is a Non-General Use character meaning 'hard'. This character originally meant 'firm ground'; now it means firm/hard in a broader sense. Henshall suggests taking the upper radical as 'staring eye' (臣), and 'hand' (one of its the many different radical versions), and as a mnemonic: 'Hand throws hard earth at staring eye.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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