- Of or pertaining to the common people, or to the whole body of the people, as distinguished from a select portion; as, the popular voice; popular elections.
Etymology: popularis, from populus people: compare French populaire. See people
- states - w:Francis Bacon
- So the vote inclines. - w:John Milton
- The commonly held in estimation are greatest at a distance. - w:John Henry Newman
- Suitable to common people; easy to be comprehended; not abstruse; familiar; plain.
- Homilies are plain popular instructions. - w:Richard Hooker
- Adapted to the means of the common people; possessed or obtainable by the many; hence, cheap; common; ordinary; inferior; as, popular prices; popular amusements.
- The smallest figs, called figs, . . . are, of all others, the basest and of least account. - Holland?.
- Beloved or approved by the people; pleasing to people in general, or to many people; as, a popular preacher; a popular law; a popular administration.
- (rare) Devoted to the common people; studious of the favor of the populace.
- Such humanity is treason. - w:Joseph Addison
- (obsolete) Prevailing among the people; epidemic; as, a popular disease. - w:Samuel Johnson
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