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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 prealgebra: 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 G20 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
Time Traveler
The first known use of least common denominator was
in 1851
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“Least common denominator.” MerriamWebster.com Dictionary, MerriamWebster, https://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/least%20common%20denominator. Accessed 28 May. 2024.
Kids Definition
least common denominator
noun
: the least common multiple of the denominators of two or more fractions
called also lowest common denominator
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