Pop"u*lar(?), a. [L. popularis, fr. populus people: cf. F. populaire. See People.] 1. 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. "Popular states." Bacon. "So the popular vote inclines." Milton.
The men commonly held in popular estimation are greatest at a distance.J. H. Newman.
2. Suitable to common people; easy to be comprehended; not abstruse; familiar; plain.
Homilies are plain popular instructions.Hooker.
3. Adapted to the means of the common people; possessed or obtainable by the many; hence, cheap; common; ordinary; inferior; as,
The smallest figs, called popular figs, . . . are, of all others, the basest and of least account.Holland.
4. Beloved or approved by the people; pleasing to people in general, or to many people; as, a
popular preacher; a
popular law; a
5. Devoted to the common people; studious of the favor of the populace.
Such popular humanity is treason.Addison.
6. Prevailing among the people; epidemic; as, a
(Law), an action in which any person may sue for penalty imposed by statute.
Pop`u*la"res(?), n. pl. [L.] The people or the people's party, in ancient Rome, as opposed to the optimates.
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