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Learn JLPT N2 Vocabulary: 自体 (jitai)

Learn JLPT N2 Vocabulary: 自体 (jitai)

Kana: じたい
Kanji: 自体
Romaji: jitai

Type: Noun, Adverb
Meaning: itself, one’s own body, oneself, originally, naturally, by nature, from the start
JLPT level: N2

Example sentences:

いちばん厄介な問題は、借金それ自体ではない。
ichiban yakkai na mondai wa, shakkin sore jitai de wa nai.
It’s not the debt itself that’s most troubling.

そのこと自体恐ろしいことで、隊員遺棄の現実を象徴していた。
sono koto jitai osoroshii koto de, taiin iki no genjitsu o shouchou shite ita.
That in itself was terrifying; somehow it symbolized the fact that the troops had been abandoned.

自体 (jitai)

過剰投資それ自体は、けっして悪いことではない。ただしそれは、やがて修正されるならばの話だ。
kajou toushi sore jitai wa, kesshite warui koto de wa nai. tadashi sore wa, yagate shuusei sareru naraba no hanashi da.
Over-investment is not necessarily a bad thing—provided that it is eventually corrected.

一つの朝鮮が存在していたところに二つあること自体が彼らの目にはひどく不当に映った。
hitotsu no chousen ga sonzai shite ita tokoro ni futatsu aru koto jitai ga karera no me ni wa hidoku futou ni utsutta.
That where there had been only one Korea there were now two was a grievous injustice by itself in their eyes.

Meaning in other languages:

Chinese: 本身 (běnshēn)
Korean: 자체 (jache)

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