(?), 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.
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The men commonly held in popular estimation are greatest at a distance.
J. H. Newman.
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2. Suitable to common people; easy to be comprehended; not abstruse; familiar; plain.
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Homilies are plain popular instructions.
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3. Adapted to the means of the common people; possessed or obtainable by the many; hence, cheap; common; ordinary; inferior; as, popular prices; popular amusements.
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The smallest figs, called popular figs, . . . are, of all others, the basest and of least account.
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4. 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.
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5. Devoted to the common people; studious of the favor of the populace. [R.]
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Such popular humanity is treason.
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6. Prevailing among the people; epidemic; as, a popular disease. [Obs.] Johnson.
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Popular action (Law), an action in which any person may sue for penalty imposed by statute. Blackstone.
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(?), n. pl. [L.] The people or the people's party, in ancient Rome, as opposed to the optimates.
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