Popular 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
The men commonly held in popular estimation are
greatest at a distance. -J. H.
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.
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
Such popular humanity is treason. -Addison.
6. Prevailing among the people; epidemic; as, a popular
disease. [Obs.] -Johnson.
Popular action (Law), an action in which any person may sue
for penalty imposed by statute. -Blackstone.