Pop"u*lar (?), a. [L. popularis, fr. populus people: cf. F. populaire. See People.]


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 commonly held in popular estimation are greatest at a distance. J. H. Newman.


Suitable to common people; easy to be comprehended; not abstruse; familiar; plain.

Homilies are plain popular instructions. 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 popular 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.


Devoted to the common people; studious of the favor of the populace.


Such popular humanity is treason. Addison.


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.



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