Meaning of 贤

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(Trad.: 賢)
Pinyin: xián
English Definition: worthy or virtuous person; honorific used for a person of the same or a younger generation
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (money) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
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    • Left to right
      • [ yòu ] and, also, again, in addition
    • [ bèi ] sea shell; money, currency
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Example Words
圣贤 shèng xián a sage; wise and holy man; virtuous ruler; Buddhist lama; wine
先贤 xiān xián worthy predecessor; distinguished person of the past; former sage
任人唯贤 rèn rén wéi xián to appoint people according to their merits (idiom); appointment on the basis of ability and integrity
贤惠 xián huì variant of 贤慧
贤良 xián liáng (of a man) able and virtuous
More: 贤* | *贤 | *贤*
Example Sentences
Welcome the talent public figure to join!
We need leaders who appoint people based on their merits.
My aunt is such a gentle and considerate person.