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?


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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, 2018 at 6:42

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