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Relating to the ordinary people

ordinary

adjective

ordinary people are not famous, rich, or powerful

popular

adjective

involving the ordinary people in society, rather than politicians, leaders etc

populist

adjective

representing the interests and opinions of ordinary people

common

adjective

reaching the standard that you normally expect from most ordinary people

private

adjective

with no position in government or public life

demotic

adjective

relating to or typical of ordinary people

popular

adjective

suitable for ordinary people rather than experts

commonly

adverb

by most ordinary people

popularly

adverb

by ordinary people, rather than by experts

vox pop

noun

the ideas and opinions of ordinary people on a particular subject, collected by people who make radio and television programmes

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