grassroots

grassroots

[gras-roots, -roots, grahs-]
noun (used with a singular or plural verb) . Also, grass roots.
1.
the common or ordinary people, especially as contrasted with the leadership or elite of a political party, social organization, etc.; the rank and file.
2.
the agricultural and rural areas of a country.
3.
the people inhabiting these areas, especially as a political, social, or economic group.
4.
the origin or basis of something; the basic or primary concept, rule, part, or the like.
adjective Also, grass-roots.
5.
of, pertaining to, or involving the common people, especially as contrasted with or separable from an elite: a grassroots movement for nuclear disarmament.

Origin:
1910–15 Americanism for def 1

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grassroots

adjective
1. fundamental; "the grassroots factor in making the decision" 
2. of or involving the common people as constituting a fundamental political and economic group; "a grassroots movement for nuclear disarmament" 
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