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I am unsure what 適 means in this (well-known?) quote:

人の適を適として、自ら其の適を適とせざる者なり

Based on Google search, it seems to mean something like 楽しみ but I cannot find the mention of this meaning in any dictionaries, including this one.

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  • The quote seems to be the kundoku expansion of the following Zhuangzi quote: 「適人之適,而不自適其適者也」 "sought to secure for them what they desired, not seeking their own pleasure" (tr. James Legge). Commented Dec 24, 2023 at 14:27
  • You need a decent 漢和辞典 to look up a kanji's meaning used only in kanbun.
    – naruto
    Commented Dec 25, 2023 at 0:06

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In my print edition of 角川漢和辞典, a number of entries are listed for 適. Here is a sampling:

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①ゆく(往)おもむく。いたる。
②よめにゆく。とつぐ。
③よつぎ。あとつぎ。

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①かなう。気がその方に向く。気にいる。「自適」
②あてはまる。ほどよくかなう。「適当」
③たのしい。たのしむ。「快適」

It would seem the last of these corresponds to your sensed meaning of 適.

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