Popular

Definition of Popular

Pop´u`lar
a.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.
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, popular prices; popular amusements.
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 popular administration.
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 popular disease.
Popular action
(Law) an action in which any person may sue for penalty imposed by statute.
- Blackstone.

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