The context for this phrase is in a list of kanji spellings (kanji with hiragana), thus the definitions are not provided.

Breaking the phrase into its components:

表す - to reveal, show, display

通り - avenue, street, way

Taking the second part (way) in a non-literal sense leads me to conclude the phrase means roughly,

the way shown or more concisely as shown

Is my conclusion correct?


Yes 表す通り roughly means "as indicated", but it's not used on its own. It has to be preceded by some subject. For example:

  • 彼の外見が表す通り
    as his appearance shows / as indicated by his appearance
  • 名前が表す通り
    as the name suggests
  • Ah, thank you for the information. I didn't know it wasn't usable on its own.
    – Tim F.
    Aug 8 '18 at 6:42

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