the people

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: the ordinary people in a country who do not have special power or privileges She is well-liked as a senator because she listens to the people. the common people

the People

noun (2)

Definition of the People (Entry 2 of 2)

US, law
used to refer to the government of the U.S. or of a particular state in the name of a legal case The People vs. John Doe

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