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2 accepted, used, or practiced by most people

  • the popular custom of exchanging greeting cards during the holiday season
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3 held by or applicable to a majority of the people

  • popular opinion on that issue has changed dramatically over the years
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4 of, relating to, or favoring political democracy

  • a truly popular revolution, not one that replaced one dictatorship with another
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5 being within the financial means of most people

  • from their inception, DVDs were designed to be sold directly to consumers at popular prices
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6 costing little

  • we also have the popular models, for those who prefer not to invest too much in a new TV
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common, ordinary, plain, familiar, popular, vulgar mean generally met with and not in any way special, strange, or unusual. common implies usual everyday quality or frequency of occurrence
    • a common error
    • lacked common honesty
and may additionally suggest inferiority or coarseness.
    • common manners
ordinary stresses conformance in quality or kind with the regular order of things.
    • an ordinary pleasant summer day
    • a very ordinary sort of man
plain is likely to suggest homely simplicity.
    • plain hard-working people
familiar stresses the fact of being generally known and easily recognized.
    • a familiar melody
popular applies to what is accepted by or prevalent among people in general sometimes in contrast to upper classes or special groups.
    • a writer of popular romances
vulgar, otherwise similar to popular, is likely to carry derogatory connotations (as of inferiority or coarseness).
    • souvenirs designed to appeal to the vulgar taste

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