- by the people as a whole; generally; widely: a fictitious story popularly accepted as true.
- for popular taste; for the general masses of people: He writes popularly on many subjects.
Origin of popularly
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Examples from the Web for popularly
At the time (and until 1913), U.S. senators were not popularly elected but were selected by the state legislature.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate
January 7, 2015
The flowers and leaves of this herb are used to make medications and the supplement is popularly used for depression.Fish Oil, Turmeric, and Ginseng, Oh My! Are ‘Brain Foods’ B.S.?
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
October 10, 2014
Consider that the first popularly elected African-American senator was a Republican, Ed Brooke from Massachusetts, in 1966.When Did the GOP Get So White: The Republicans’ Loss of Diversity
August 24, 2012
The News of the World, popularly known as the Screws, has long struck fear into public figures in Britain.The Intrusive British Press
July 10, 2011
Ronald Reagan did an excellent job of riding out a monster recession, which was popularly known as “the Carter recession.”How Obama Could Blow It
April 24, 2009
It is popularly believed in Gavrillac that M. de Kercadiou is my father.Scaramouche
He was dressed in a flashy style, not unlike what is popularly denominated a swell.The Cash Boy
Horatio Alger Jr.
We have called it many names, but it is popularly known as the "Big Lead."A Negro Explorer at the North Pole
Matthew A. Henson
In some form or other, this belief was popularly held everywhere.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
Hence she obtained her crest, which is popularly said to be her father's grave-hillock.Aesop's Fables
- by the public as a whole; generally or widely
- usually; commonlyhis full name is Robert, but he is popularly known as Bob
- in a popular manner
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