lowest common denominator
noun Date: 1854 1. least common denominator 2. something of small intellectual content designed to appeal to a lowbrow audience; also such an audience

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  • lowest common denominator — lowest .common de nominator n [U] 1.) the biggest possible number of people, including people who are very easily influenced or are willing to accept low standards ▪ Television quiz shows often seem to target the lowest common denominator. 2.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • Lowest common denominator — This article is about mathematics. For computers, see Lowest common denominator (computers). In mathematics, the lowest common denominator or least common denominator (abbreviated LCD) is the least common multiple of the denominators of a set of… …   Wikipedia

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  • lowest common denominator — noun a) The smallest positive integer which is a multiple of every denominator of several fractions. The lowest common denominator of and is 30. b) The most simple or base shared interest or characteristic among a group or collection of people… …   Wiktionary

  • lowest common denominator — noun (U) 1 technical the smallest number that the bottom numbers of a group of fractions fraction (2) can be divided into exactly 2 the biggest possible number of people, including people who are very easily influenced or are willing to accept… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • lowest common denominator — noun 1. → common denominator. 2. the least worthy of the goals, values, opinions, etc., which are held in common by a group of people. 3. the group of people who hold the least worthy of goals, values, opinions, etc., in a society …   Australian English dictionary

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