See also: 无形

Chinese

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not have
 
to appear; to look; form
to appear; to look; form; shape
trad. (無形)
simp. (无形)

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Adjective

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無形

  1. (attributive) invisible; intangible; formless

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Japanese

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Etymology 1

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Kanji in this term

Grade: 4
ぎょう
Grade: 2
on’yomi

From Middle Chinese compound 無形无形 (mju heng, literally without shape). The goon, so likely the initial borrowing.

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Noun

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()(ぎょう) (mugyōむぎやう (mugyau)?

  1. (Buddhism): formlessness, bodylessness; something that is shapeless and invisible

Etymology 2

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Kanji in this term

Grade: 4
けい
Grade: 2
on’yomi

From Middle Chinese compound 無形无形 (mju heng, literally without shape). A combined reading, using the goon for (mu) but the kan'on for (kei), so this reading likely represents a later development in Japan.

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Noun

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()(けい) (mukei

  1. formlessness, shapelessness, invisibility, intangibility, incorporeality
    無形(むけい)(ちから)無形(むけい)固定資産(こていしさん)
    mukei no chikara, mukei kotei shisan
    an invisible force, intangible fixed assets
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References

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Matsumura, Akira, editor (2006), 大辞林 [Daijirin] (in Japanese), Third edition, Tokyo: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  • Shōgaku Tosho (1988) 国語大辞典(新装版) [Unabridged Dictionary of Japanese (Revised Edition)] (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, →ISBN