noun[treated as singular or plural]
- The people living in a particular country or area: the party misjudged the mood of the populaceMore example sentences
population, inhabitants, residents, natives, occupants, occupiers; community, country, public, people, nation; common people, general public, man/woman in the street, masses, multitude, rank and file, commonality, commonalty, third estate, plebeians, proletariat, crowd; North American man/woman on the street• informal folk, common folkNorth American • informal John Doe• humorous denizens• derogatory the hoi polloi, common herd, rabble, mob, riff-raff, the canaille, the great unwashed, ragtag (and bobtail), proles, plebs• rare indigenes
- The commander's emergency response program is a program set up by the military to take care of humanitarian needs for the local populaces - needs that will make a quick and lasting impact on the community.
- The paternalistic style of rule is unequal to the demands of transparency and accountability that local populaces - and overseas investors - want.
- Finally, anthropologists since Eric Wolf's seminal work on brokers have observed bureaucracies encouraging patron-client relationships, both between bureaucrats and clients and within local populaces.
late 16th century: from French, from Italian popolaccio 'common people', from popolo 'people' + the pejorative suffix -accio.