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   traditional form

Variants

Phonetic

Semantic

Apparent
Mandarin
duan4
English
Definitions
to break; to judge; absolutely; decidedly (in negative constructions); cut off; (in negation) absolutely; abstain from; break off; decide; give up; interrupt; sever; snap; stop
Mnemonic
Continuity stopped with an axe
Etymology
Notes
Original character was something similar to (compare ) with a knife indicating cutting; later it was changed to the mirror image of (now re-reversed) and knife was changed to axe