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Is there a word defining an object's property possessed by many similar objects? Something like this:

Tommy bought a red balloon at the circus. Many kids have red balloons there. Hence ballon's color is <the word I am looking for>.

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I think you might be thinking of ubiquitous, which means that it is found everywhere.

Every child had a red balloon. The color red was ubiquitous.

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One adjective would be common:

happening often; existing in large numbers or in many places

  • Jackson is a common English name.
  • Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women in this country.
  • Some birds which were once a common sight are now becoming rare.
  • a common spelling mistake
  • Allergies to milk are quite common in childhood.

So, because there are so many red balloons, Tommy's balloon color is common.

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This is easily the best answer. "Common" connotes "many" in a way that most other suggestions (like "usual") connote "most" instead. –  Karl Knechtel Sep 1 '11 at 7:59
    
Depends on what the poster wants to communicate. In fact, ubiquitous was the answer that first came to my mind, too. –  Kyle Pearson Sep 1 '11 at 13:04
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Words such as typical, ordinary, or average might be good options here.

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Red is the most popular colour?
Red is the most commonplace colour?
Red is the usual colour?
Red is the norm?
Red is the conventional colour?
Red is the prevalent colour?
Red is a popular colour?

Red is the usual colour?

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