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Pinyin: rán
English Definition: correct; right; so; thus; like this; -ly
Chinese Definition:
①对,是:然否。不然。不以为然。
②以为对,答应,信守:然纳(以为对而采纳)。然诺(许诺,信守诺言)。
③这样,如此:当然。然后。然则。
④表示一种语气(a。表决定,犹焉,如“寡人愿有言然”;b。表比拟,犹言一般,如“如见其肺肝然”)。
⑤用于词尾,表示状态:显然。忽然。飘飘然。
⑥古同“燃”。

Total strokes: 12; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (fire) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
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    • dog meat
    • fire
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Example Words:
固然 [ rán ]: admittedly (it's true that...)
天然气 [ tiān rán ]: natural gas
茫然 [ máng rán ]: blankly; vacantly; at a loss
毅然 [ rán ]: firmly; resolutely; without hesitation
公然 [ gōng rán ]: openly; publicly; undisguised
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