無理

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Chinese[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]


Adjective[edit]

無理

  1. (Advanced Mandarin) unreasonable; unjust
  2. (mathematics) irrational

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 4

Grade: 2
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Etymology[edit]

(lack) + (reason)

Adjectival noun[edit]

無理 (-na inflection, hiragana むり, romaji muri)

  1. impossible, incapable
     (えん)を7等分 (とうぶん)するのは無理 (むり)だ。
    en o 7 tōbun suru no wa muri da.
    A circle is incapable of being divided equally by seven.
  2. irrational, unreasonable, unjust
    無理 (むり)なことを ()うなよ。
    Muri na koto o iu na yo.
    Do not say such an irrational thing.
  3. excessive; overdone; done by brute force

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Inflection[edit]

Noun[edit]

無理 (hiragana むり, romaji muri)

  1. impossibility, incapability
  2. irrationality
  3. something that is excessive; overdoing something; doing things by brute force

Usage notes[edit]

無理 is emphasised into 無理矢理 / 無理やり, 無理無体, and 無理押し.

Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

無理 + する (hiragana むりする, romaji muri suru)

  1. work too hard, overwork

Conjugation[edit]

References[edit]

  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakkan, ISBN 4095102535.