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involving participation or support by a broad spectrum of things or people:
The senator had a broad-based campaign.
Contemporary Examples

New York Passes Gay Marriage: This Is the Tipping Point John Avlon June 24, 2011
Newt Gingrich: From GOP Intellectual to Pandering Hyper-Partisan John Avlon March 3, 2011
Election Day Backlash John Avlon November 8, 2011
Egypt’s President Mubarak Plays With Fire Bruce Riedel February 9, 2011
Boris Berezovsky’s Dubious Legacy Lives On in the Kremlin Garry Kasparov March 31, 2013

Historical Examples

James Watt Andrew Carnegie
The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits Mary Elizabeth Parsons
Punch, Or The London Charivari, VOL. 100. Feb. 28, 1891 Various
Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell


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