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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. People or society at a local level rather than at the center of major political activity. Often used with the.
  • n.pl. The groundwork or source of something.

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  • n. People and society at the local level rather than at the national centre of political activity
  • n. The essential foundation or source of something

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the essential foundation or source
  • n. the common people at a local level (as distinguished from the centers of political activity)

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