adjective

1‘the most popular boy around’

SYNONYMS

well liked, liked, favoured, in favour, well received, approved, admired, accepted, welcome, sought-after, in demand, desired, wanted

commercial, marketable, saleable, fashionable, in fashion, in vogue, voguish, all the rage, hot

informal in, cool, big

British informal, dated all the go

ANTONYMS

unpopular

2‘popular science’

SYNONYMS

non-specialist, non-technical, non-professional, amateur, lay, lay person's, general, middle-of-the-road

accessible, approachable, simplified, plain, simple, easy, straightforward, understandable, readily understood, easy to understand, intelligible

mass-market, middlebrow, lowbrow, pop, bland, cheap

ANTONYMS

highbrow

3‘policy-makers should listen to popular opinion’

SYNONYMS

widespread, general, common, current, prevalent, prevailing, customary, universal, standard, stock, shared, in circulation, rife

ordinary, usual, accepted, established, acknowledged, recognized, conventional, orthodox, conformist

4‘a popular movement for independence’

SYNONYMS

mass, general, communal, collective, social, societal, collaborative, group, civil, public, civic

democratic, representative