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noun, prefix

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English Meaning(s) for 無

  1. nothing; naught; nought; nil; zero
  1. un-; non-

Definition and Synonyms for 無

Nix a quantity of no importance
Synonyms: ない, なし, ゼロ, ナッシング, , , 皆無, 絶無,
Nihility the state of nonexistence
Synonyms: ない, , , 虚無

Meanings for each kanji in 無

nothingness; none; ain't; nothing; nil; not Kanji Details »

Categories 無 is a member of

Nonexistence the state of not existing
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Relative Quantity a quantity relative to some purpose
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Stroke Order Diagrams for 無

Sample Sentences for 無

Some cookies are stored indefinitely on users' hard drives.
The union went out on a strike for an indefinite period.
He gave me what little money he had.
While the civil war went on, the country was in a state of anarchy.
The youth of our country is indifferent to politics.

Comments for 無

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Since "無" is usually used in conjunction with another word, Eg. 無知/博識  むち/はくしき (ignorance-knowledgeable) or 無理/道理                むり/どうり (unreasonable-reasonable) I don't think it has an exact opposite on its own. If you are trying to get the meaning un, none or without, maybe you should use nashi (なし) which uses the same kanji with the kunyomi 無し(Japanese pronounciation)

I am afraid my explaination may not be too good but it would be like using the "un" in unreal to indicate nothing or zero. It lacks a real meaning so therefore it has not got a perfect opposite.

I hope this helps and it is a great question that got me thinking about all the subtle differences between Japanese and all other languages.


#2 Posted by over 7 years ago

hi, can someone tell me what the atonyme/ opposite for this word would be??


#1 Posted by ohseals over 7 years ago

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