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

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meaning: choose, select

択一 == takuitsu == (noun that can take する to act as a verb) choosing an alternative
選択 == sentaku == (noun) selection, choice

Left radical is of the radical forms of 'hand'. Right radical was originally a character meaning 'watch over prisoners'; it functions phonetically to express 'arrange'. 'Arranging things using the hand' gave rise to the character's present meaning of 'choose'. Henshall suggests taking the current right radical as a 'person' (人) with a 'backpack', and as a mnemonic: 'Person chooses handy backpack.'

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

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