らしい

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らしい (-rashii-i (adverbial らしく (-rashiku))

  1. (after nouns, adverbs or adjective stems)
    1. to be like or equivalent to; to be perceived as
      (おとこ) (otoko, man) - (おとこ)らしい (otokorashii, manly)
      (きたな) (kitanai, dirty) - (きたな)らしい (kitanarashii, looking dirty)
      大人(おとな)らしくするつもりだったのに(おお)(さわ)してしまった
      Otonarashiku suru tsumori datta no ni, ōsawagi shite shimatta.
      Despite the fact that I planned to act like an adult, I ended up making a big ruckus.
      • 2003 September 22, Uraku, Akinobu, “(だい)63() (おさな)()(おく) [Chapter 63: Childish Memories]”, in (とう)(きょう)アンダーグラウンド [Tokyo Underground], volume 11 (fiction), Square Enix, →ISBN, pages 109–110:
        たまには(おんな)()らしい(まえ)もいいけど ルリの(こと)(かんが)えてるお(まえ)(いち)(ばん)(まえ)らしい(おも)ってな!
        Tama ni wa onna no ko rashii o-mae mo ii kedo Ruri no koto kangaeteru o-mae ga ichiban o-mae rashii to omotte na!
        It’s nice to have you be ladylike every once in a while. But it’s much better to have you be yourself every time you think about Ruri!
    2. to cause a feeling or emotion
      (あい) (ai, love) - (あい)らしい (airashii, lovable)

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らしい (rashii

  1. (used after the predicate) it seems that; I guess that
    (かれ)どう()ないらしい
    Kare wa dō mo konai rashii.
    He is not coming, apparently.