chì step

Note

Originally a picture of a cross-roads, current form can be thought of as a person taking a stride
Number of strokes: 3

Radical

Index 60 used in: used in: dé (virtue) ; dé (get) ; hěn (very) ; huī (emblem) ; xíng (permitted) ; zhēng (journey)

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Different tone

chī (to eat) 齿 chǐ (tooth)

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stroke order for 彳
Stroke order for character 彳, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Legalism

Legalism was one of the competing philosophies for the ruling of China in the early period before the Qin period. Legalism was based on the principle that people were by nature evil and need laws to force them to behave well. The ruler had the right to do whatever he saw fit, irrespective of people's wishes. The brutal philosophy was adopted by the Qin dynasty and was replaced by Confucian principles in the following dynasties.
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