不求甚解

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Chinese[edit]

not; no
 
to seek; to look for; to request; to demand; to beseech
 
very; extremely; more (than); what
 
to loosen; to untie; to explain; to remove; to divide; to dissolve; to solve; solution; send under escort
trad. (不求甚解)
simp. #(不求甚解)
Literally: “not requiring a detailed understanding”.

Etymology[edit]

讀書不求甚解會意便欣然 [Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
读书不求甚解会意便欣然 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: 《五柳先生傳》
Hào dúshū, bùqiúshènjiě, měi yǒu huìyì, biàn xīnrán wàng shí. [Pinyin]
(please add an English translation of this example)

Originally means "to put emphasis on comprehending argumentation instead of words".

Pronunciation[edit]



  • Middle Chinese: /pɨu|pɨuX|pɨut̚  ɡɨu  d͡ʑiɪmX|d͡ʑiɪmH  kˠɛX/
Rime
Character
Reading # 1/3 2/3 3/3 1/1 1/2 2/2 2/4
Initial () (1) (1) (1) (30) (25) (25) (28)
Final () (136) (136) (60) (136) (139) (139) (31)
Tone (調) Level (Ø) Rising (X) Checked (Ø) Level (Ø) Rising (X) Departing (H) Rising (X)
Openness (開合) Open Open Closed Open Open Open Open
Division () III III III III III III II
Fanqie
Reconstructions
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
/pɨu/ /pɨuX/ /pɨut̚/ /ɡɨu/ /d͡ʑiɪmX/ /d͡ʑiɪmH/ /kˠɛX/
Pan
Wuyun
/piu/ /piuX/ /piut̚/ /ɡiu/ /d͡ʑimX/ /d͡ʑimH/ /kᵚæX/
Shao
Rongfen
/piəu/ /piəuX/ /piuət̚/ /ɡiəu/ /d͡ʑjemX/ /d͡ʑjemH/ /kæiX/
Edwin
Pulleyblank
/puw/ /puwX/ /put̚/ /guw/ /d͡ʑimX/ /d͡ʑimH/ /kaɨjX/
Li
Rong
/piu/ /piuX/ /piuət̚/ /ɡiu/ /ʑiəmX/ /ʑiəmH/ /kɛX/
Wang
Li
/pĭəu/ /pĭəuX/ /pĭuət̚/ /ɡĭəu/ /ʑĭĕmX/ /ʑĭĕmH/ /kaiX/
Bernard
Karlgren
/pi̯ə̯u/ /pi̯ə̯uX/ /pi̯uət̚/ /gi̯ə̯u/ /ʑi̯əmX/ /ʑi̯əmH/ /kaiX/
Expected
Mandarin
Reflex
fōu fǒu fu qiú shèn shèn jiǎ

Idiom[edit]

不求甚解

  1. to not seek deep understanding; to read or know things on a superficial level