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I'm wondering what 形 and 形程度 mean in the following conversation. I know that 形 can be used quite figuratively but I never got a good feel for it.

A: しかしリーダーといっても形程度のことだろう?

B: 形で判断されることもあるでしょ?

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「[形]{かたち}」, here, means "token" or "by name only".

A: "It's nothing more than a token leader, is it?"

B: "(But) you get judged by your name at times, y'know."

  • Thank you! Does this correspond with a specific dictionary definition of the word? – eternal Apr 13 '15 at 0:50
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    I doubt it as I used no dictionary in answering this question. We (J-speakers) often use 形 to mean "token ~~" as opposed to "real ~~". – l'électeur Apr 13 '15 at 1:26
  • You find the definition in this way at Point 2 (イ) of 形・かたち like noted here: kotobank.jp/word/%E5%BD%A2-463191 – dinogeist Apr 13 '15 at 1:47

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