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命 means 'life'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 245   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-6    Grade: 3   Intermediate lesson: 19    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 82 words   Used in 395 words   Used in 163 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   メイ   ミョウ
Kun
   life; fate   いのち life
⿱   assembly   strike  
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 order; command; good  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 命 is used 17 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 命 is used 374 times, read 3 ways.
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メイ : 331 words FIND ALL
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noun
life; existence
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ミョウ : 12 words FIND ALL
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noun
life span
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いのち : 31 words FIND ALL
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noun
1. life; life force  (see also: 生命; sometimes written as 生命)
2. lifetime; lifespan
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Henshall: 416 (originally: 394)  Joy o' Kanji : 394  Key to Kanji: 1000 

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メイ   ミョウ    life; fate   いのち life   
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assembly, gathering   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ジン   ニン   ひと person   
たた to strike, beat, hit   
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seal
コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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