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儚い [はかない] (hakanai)
    Meaning: hopeless, fleeting, transient, fickle
    Example: Unrequited (hopeless) love
    JLPT Level: 3
    Category: grammar
    Author: bamboo4

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ex #1103   はかない 
Unrequited love  
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(bamboo4)
ex #1104   はかない人生 
Ephemeral life  
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(bamboo4)
ex #6398   儚いお花の美しさ 
The transient beauty of flowers  
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ex #6513   それははかない夢だった  
It was only an empty dream.  
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(ラブレス)
ex #6514   はかない努力  
vain efforts  
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(ラブレス)
ex #6515   はかない幸せ  
fleeting [ephemeral] happiness  
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(ラブレス)
ex #6516   はかない喜び  
transient [short-lived] joy  
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(ラブレス)
ex #6517   このはかない人生  
this transitory [evanescent] life  
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(ラブレス)
ex #6518   宝くじに庶民ははかない望みをかける  
The common people hope against hope that they might win in a lottery.  
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(ラブレス)

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bamboo4はかmeans the results gained from your efforts. はかない therefore means that no results were gained despite your efforts.
 
KotatsuSamaisn't it strange how 儚い looks very similar to 夢 hehe (Allusion to ラブひな)
 
AyumiWait, isn't "unrequited love" 迚諤昴>? 
AyumiSorry if you can't read that. It should say "kataomoi". 
Xepobamboo4: Are you sure about はか meaning "the results gained from your efforts"? I searched wwwjdic for it, and couldn't find anything. Plus, if 儚い 
XepoGrr, sorry, hit enter too early. If 儚い is the はかない that this article is speaking of, then how would you write はか? 
*my japanese isnt very good but isnt there another meaning to hakanai... like shooting star or soemthing? 
EvilKyraAnother definition for hakanai「儚い」is 'fleeting; transient; short-lived;'...
added an example with that usage.
 
shiho-chan片思い Is unrequited love isnt it? 
slopethiswayはかない
a passing love (short-lived love)

はかない人生
A life in vain

宝くじに庶民ははかない望みをかける
People hope in vain they'll win the lottery.
 
leanne.nz儚いお花の美しさ
The transient beauty of flowers

shouldn't this be お花の儚い美しさ?
 
epeenSurely this is just vocabulary not grammar? 

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