Definition of popularly in US English:



  • 1By many or most people; generally.

    ‘advancing age is popularly associated with a declining capacity for work’
    • ‘That time, part of an interval of Earth's history called the Devonian Period by scientists such as geologists and paleontologists, is known popularly as the Age of Fishes.’
    • ‘Arabs were popularly associated with moneylending, land and property ownership and close relations with the Dutch in Indonesia.’
    • ‘People who work outdoors often still wear the klompen (wooden shoes) popularly associated with the Dutch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus, from the start, the right has been popularly associated with a conservative, cautionary stance, a certain defense of custom and tradition, and a resistance to idealistic innovation.’
    • ‘As Russell further notes, ‘Demons [among other things] were blacks, who were popularly associated with shadow and the privation of light’.’
    • ‘During her lifetime, she wrote novels, plays, poetry, and philosophical meditations, but it is for her novels that she was most widely and popularly known.’
    • ‘That said, this work is unlikely to be popularly acclaimed or widely read, even though it has a good deal to tell us about changing French attitudes toward war and the social and political position of the army within French society.’
    • ‘Rugby, racing and beer are popularly associated with significant vernacular rituals in Australia and New Zealand.’
    • ‘It was the complex impact of these exchanges between east and west that created the culture, art, and scholarship that have been popularly associated with the Renaissance.’
    • ‘The field is still popularly associated more with tents than texts: stones, bones, and potsherds.’
    • ‘Now it is important to realize that what is called Say's Law was in the first instance designed as a refutation of doctrines popularly held in the ages preceding the development of economics as a branch of human knowledge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Global warming’ is the term applied to increasing average global temperature, popularly associated with the enhanced greenhouse effect.’
    • ‘Grieg's score is more extensive than is popularly believed, and runs in its entirety to no fewer than 32 numbers, amounting to almost 90 minutes of music.’
    • ‘Saint John the Evangelist was popularly associated with Venetian rule, and showing him evoked the free and voluntary decision made by the city to join with Venice.’
    • ‘The Benedictines (who, like the Carthusians, are now popularly associated with a high-quality liqueur based on distilled wine) thus owned extensive vineyards.’
    • ‘Since then, the word has become popularly associated with anti-colonial military activity.’
    • ‘In comparison to many sports that are widely and popularly accepted in American culture, including football, cheerleading, hockey, boxing and basketball, mixed martial arts is relatively safe.’
    widely, generally, universally, commonly, by all, by many, by most, usually, regularly, customarily, habitually, conventionally, ordinarily, traditionally, as a rule
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    1. 1.1 (of a term, name, or title) in informal, common, or nonspecialist use.
      ‘polygraph analysis (popularly known as lie-detector testing)’
      • ‘Quality of life is a term that is popularly used to convey an overall sense of well being and includes aspects such as happiness and satisfaction with life as a whole.’
      • ‘However, it is still popularly called by its old name.’
      • ‘The British forces in the Balkans are popularly referred to in terms of ‘our boys’, in the spirit of the second world war.’
      • ‘Betty, as she was popularly known, was widely respected.’
      • ‘Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus, popularly known simply as Tiberius, was the Roman emperor at the time of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.’
      • ‘Her name is Muswachidah, or Idah as she is popularly addressed.’
      • ‘The company, although formally named Frink, Walker & Company, was popularly known throughout the Midwest as simply Frink & Walker.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Built in 1650, it is attributed to a pir named Abdul Karim, who was more popularly known as Sheikh Chehli among the local inhabitants.’
      • ‘The U.S. Congress passed the trade policy, popularly called the Byrd Amendment - named after U.S. Senator Robert Byrd - in 2000.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The default comes at the sacrifice of accountability, or what is popularly termed transparency.’
      • ‘Masood was popularly known as ‘The Lion of Panjshir,’ named for the valley he was born in, which was defended by his forces at great cost to the Soviets.’
      • ‘More popularly known by the generic name of Jamali-Kamali, this garden has the remains of the cities of Delhi, tucked away under its green grass and tall trees.’
      • ‘The guru-student relationship is popularly characterised in terms of the student surrendering completely to the will of the preceptor.’
      • ‘Non-santri Javanese Muslims are popularly termed abangan or Islam kejawen.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Known popularly by her first name, here was a woman who knew how the excesses of beauty and charisma could buy the trust of millions in order to validate the divide between the rich and poor.’
      • ‘The role of information and communications technologies is popularly held to be very critical to economic development.’
      • ‘Rather than having any validity as an alcoholic condition, the terms are used most popularly in AA to label someone who quit drinking on their own.’
      informally, unofficially, simply, non-technically
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    2. 1.2 (of a politician or government) chosen by the majority of the voters; democratically.
      ‘a governor who is popularly elected’
      • ‘The new, transitional Iraqi government will not be popularly elected, and will inevitably itself be deeply divided on these issues.’
      • ‘The result is a framework for the governance of the continental economy that curtails domestic powers of popularly elected government.’
      • ‘Being popularly elected, it would be accountable to voters and hence enjoy considerable legitimacy.’
      • ‘Both leaders gave their support for voters to popularly elect a council mayor to hold office every four years.’
      • ‘Widespread anger against Tung, who is backed by China but not popularly elected, has fuelled demands for more democracy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The referendum will ask a second question - whether voters want a popularly elected mayor.’
      • ‘Any serious attempt to challenge the democratic deficit must therefore consider creating some type of popularly elected global body.’
      • ‘It made him face up to a puzzle that Rowse explores: how to reconcile the functions of a professional public service with the necessities of a popularly elected government.’
      • ‘After all, what guarantees do we have that a new popularly elected president will be more democratic than Mubarak or any of his predecessors of the First Republic?’
      • ‘Secondly, I think, the polls or the most recent polls have shown that the majority of Australians do want to have a popularly elected president.’
      • ‘It was not until 1969 that the first transition between two popularly elected democratic governments occurred.’
      • ‘The presence of this massive army of foreign soldiers cannot be justified in the presence of a popularly elected government.’
      • ‘The president is popularly elected and must receive a majority of the vote.’
      • ‘Yudhoyono is banking on the compensation plan, plus his reputation as the country's first popularly elected president, to prevent mass political action against the government.’
      • ‘On 12 June 1991 Yeltsin called a general election, in which he became the first popularly elected President of Russia, with an overwhelming majority.’
      • ‘This created a true parliamentary democracy, legalized political parties, and made provisions for a popularly elected legislature.’
      • ‘As a first step, Tung should push for more directly elected legislature seats, less than half of which are popularly chosen.’
      • ‘In England, France, and generally on the Continent notions of legislative supremacy dictated that the popularly elected parts of government were not to be restrained by appointed judges.’
      • ‘This is the attraction of democracy, and this is the reason why democracy became a universal value and why democratic rights are popularly supported and yearned for!’
      democratically, by the people, universally, by universal suffrage
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