レイ, のり, りょう, れ
orders, ancient laws, command, decree
JLPT2 G4 S5 F804
An abbreviated form# of 今 (contain in the mouth) + 卩 kneeling figure → kneeling figure listening carefully to a long sequence of commands issuing from the mouth of a ruler → *command*; *order*; *rule*; *leader*.
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