least common denominator


: the least common multiple of two or more denominators

Examples of least common denominator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hybrid meeting facilitators must operate with the least common denominator in mind — usually, the person(s) on the phone or video chat, since they are naturally encumbered by an inability to see the whole room and cannot easily interject into the conversation. Robert Harbols, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 Appealing to the least common denominator can create attrition for your first quintiles. John Pierce, Forbes, 7 June 2022 Typical: Whenever Congress wants to cut a deal, spending is a least common denominator. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 21 Feb. 2022 Most of the students she’s tutored have needed help with pre-algebra: solving equations, combining like terms, finding the least common denominator. Mel Fronczek, The Indianapolis Star, 18 May 2020 Usually developers aim for the least common denominator when there’s a discrepancy, to ensure the largest audience. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, 30 Apr. 2019 When all is said and done, the G-20 will issue a statement on Tuesday that tries to reach the least common denominator between them all. Bloomberg.com, 19 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of least common denominator was in 1851

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“Least common denominator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/least%20common%20denominator. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

least common denominator

: the least common multiple of the denominators of two or more fractions

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