least common denominator


Definition of 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 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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First Known Use of least common denominator

1851, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jun 2022

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“Least common denominator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/least%20common%20denominator. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of least common denominator

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


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