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lowest common denominator
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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.

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—.