##### Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

**lowest common denominator**

*noun*

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##### Wiktionary

**lowest common denominator**

n. 1 (context mathematics English) The smallest positive integer which is a multiple of every denominator of several fractions. 2 (context figuratively English) The most simple or base shared interest or characteristic among a group or collection of people etc.

##### Wikipedia

**Lowest common denominator**

In mathematics, the **lowest common denominator** or **least common denominator** (abbreviated **LCD**) is the least common multiple of the denominators of a set of fractions. It simplifies adding, subtracting, and comparing fractions.

#### Usage examples of "lowest common denominator".

Tollip, who suggests that we merge in some vast superstate with every Tom, Dick, and Harry, no matter what their color or race or how underprivileged they are, thus pulling down our standard of living to the level of the __lowest common denominator__.

Consequently, any policy that is implemented usually was adopted because it best met those competing needs or, more often, was the __lowest common denominator__ among them.

And when you say the pits, you are characterizing this television fare that's addressed to the __lowest common denominator__, what's envisioned when we say, it's the pits?

And we do not honor the richness of these feelingsin us, in othersby reducing or narrowing them to the __lowest common denominator__.

Just like the civilized worlds, only reduced to the __lowest common denominator__.

The goal of man, the __lowest common denominator__ of all his activities, the dynamic principle of his existence, has long been sought.

Such is the nature of sums and of quests for the __lowest common denominator__.

Creative people are repelled by what they regard as an oligarchic establishment of institutionalized, __lowest common denominator__ art and they are fighting back.

Now, over there, surrounded by a whole land of females only, she's going after the __lowest common denominator__ of that fear.

Okay, at its heart, its __lowest common denominator__, what's a spell?

It was essentially the __lowest common denominator__--the one strategy that met America's minimum strategic requirements without creating undue political, diplomatic, or economic costs.

Name all the individuals prominent in the destruction of our lost heritage, beginning with the Rebel himself, and you will find, in four instances out of five, this __lowest common denominator__—.