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See also: 礼尚往来



gift; propriety; rite
still; yet; to value; to esteem
to go back and forth; to come and go; to have dealings with; to have contact with; to communicate; to exchange
trad. (禮尚往來) 往來
simp. (礼尚往来) 往来
variant forms 禮上往來礼上往来


禮尚往來非禮非禮 [Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
礼尚往来非礼非礼 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: The Book of Rites, circa 4th – 2nd century BCE
Lǐ shàng wǎnglái, wǎng ér bù lái, fēilǐ yě, lái ér bù wǎng, yì fēilǐ yě. [Pinyin]
Li places an importance on the extending and receiving (of it). If it is extended, but not received, (this) is not li. If it is received, but not extended, (this) is likewise not li.




  1. to reciprocate the courtesy shown to you by another; to treat others as you would like to be treated
  2. to reciprocate a gift; to give a gift in return