不明

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Chinese[edit]

not; no
 
clear; bright; to understand; next; the Ming dynasty
simp. and trad.
(不明)

Pronunciation[edit]


Verb[edit]

不明

  1. (literary) to not understand
  2. (literary) to not be clear; to not be known; to be unknown
    失事原因不明  ―  Shīshì yuányīn bùmíng.  ―  The cause of the crash is not known.
  3. (literary) to not shine
  4. (literary) to be unenlightened; to lack wisdom

Derived terms[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 4
めい
Grade: 2
on’yomi

Adjectival noun[edit]

不明 (-na inflection, hiragana ふめい, rōmaji fumei)

  1. unknown
    • 1916, 穂積陳重, 法窓夜話:
      第一 (だいいち)に、 () (せい) ()年月 (ねんがつ) () (めい)である。
      Daiichi ni, shi no seishi no nengatsu ga fumei de aru.
      To start with, the dates of his birth and death are unknown.
  2. unclear
    • 1915, 夏目漱石, 硝子戸の中:
       () (ぶん)この (へん)だろうと推測 (すいそく)した (わたし) (けん) (とう)は、 (あた)っているのか、 (はず)れているのか、それさえ () (めい)であった。
      Tabun kono hen darō to suisoku shita watashi no kentō wa, atatteiru no ka, hazureteiru no ka, sore sae fumei de atta.
      I thought it would be around there, but it was unclear if I was even right about that.
  3. indistinct

Inflection[edit]

Noun[edit]

不明 (hiragana ふめい, rōmaji fumei)

  1. uncertainty
  2. ignorance