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pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
1. People at a local or low level rather than at the center or upper levels of an organization or movement. Often used with the.
2. The lowest or most basic level of an organization or movement: a campaign that started at the grassroots.
People at a local or ordinary level, such as the ordinary members of a political party or the members of an electorate.
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|Adj.||1.||grassroots - fundamental; "the grassroots factor in making the decision"|
basic - pertaining to or constituting a base or basis; "a basic fact"; "the basic ingredients"; "basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities"
|2.||grassroots - of or involving the common people as constituting a fundamental political and economic group; "a grassroots movement for nuclear disarmament"|
common - having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual; "the common man"; "a common sailor"; "the common cold"; "a common nuisance"; "followed common procedure"; "it is common knowledge that she lives alone"; "the common housefly"; "a common brand of soap"