Definition of popularly in English:


Line breaks: popu|lar¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒpjələli


1By many or most people; generally: advancing age is popularly associated with a declining capacity to work
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  • As a ‘laughing gas’, it was widely abused and popularly associated with ‘drunkenness’, in much the same way that aerosol-based nitrous oxide and ether-based glue are today.
  • Ostentatiously, a person's income dictates his ‘taste’, which is popularly associated with his dress, the restaurants he frequents, and the people he associates with.
  • While hotels, travel agencies and others are popularly associated with the service sector economy, this arena also includes those services traditionally provided by the government.
1.1(Of a term, name, or title) in informal, common, or non-specialist use: the community charge (popularly known as the poll tax)
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  • The current five-week winter break is the legacy of a former mini-semester called ‘January term,’ a name that is still popularly used to refer to Macalester's winter break.
  • I took the little camera with me - it's popularly named a ‘pencam’, and that's what I'll call it from now on - but it was too hot, the sun was too fierce, and I was in too much of a rush to use it out in the field.
  • This temple is situated at Shastrinagar, a newly developed housing colony of Jammu city, named after a saint popularly known as Dudadhari Baba, as he lived only on milk.
informally, unofficially, simply, non-technically; by lay people, by non-specialists
1.2(Of a politician or government) chosen by the majority of the voters; democratically: a popularly elected Parliament
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  • It was not until 1969 that the first transition between two popularly elected democratic governments occurred.
  • In the second sentence, dripping with rancor, Weisbrot slanderously implies that the United States feels no obligation whatsoever to tolerate popularly elected democracies if it has policy difference with that regime.
  • Both leaders gave their support for voters to popularly elect a council mayor to hold office every four years.
democratically, by the people, universally, by universal suffrage

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