名不正,則言不順

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Mandarin[edit]

name; (measure word for persons); place (e.g. among winners) (negative prefix); not; no
 
just (right); main; upright; straight; correct; principle; Chinese 1st month of year
 
(expresses contrast with a previous sentence or clause); standard; norm; rule; to imitate; to follow; then; principle
 
to speak; to say; talk; word
(negative prefix); not; no
 
to obey; to follow; to arrange; to make reasonable; along; favorable
trad. (名不正,則言不順)
simp. (名不正,则言不顺)

Etymology[edit]

From the Analects of Confucius: If the name is incorrect, then words will not follow.

Proverb[edit]

名不正則言不順 (traditional, Pinyin míng bù zhèng, zé yán bù shùn, simplified 名不正,则言不顺)

  1. You must first properly define an issue in order to talk about it intelligently.

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