lowest common denominator


Definition of lowest common denominator

2 : something of small intellectual content designed to appeal to a lowbrow audience also : such an audience

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Recent Examples on the Web Denying climate change is no longer viable, but trade groups often end up supporting the policy views of their lowest common denominator. Justin Worland, Time, "'Companies Should Not Be So Greedy.' Some in the Oil and Gas Industry Fear Trump's Aggressive Deregulation Could Haunt Them," 24 Oct. 2019 Where to Eat The usual challenge of dining around Times Square — how to find a restaurant that’s not aimed at the lowest common denominator? New York Times, "A Broadway Marathon Survival Guide," 13 June 2018 Affordable to most, a burger and fries spiked with ketchup was a democratic, delicious lowest common denominator meal. Amy Bentley, Smithsonian, "How Ketchup Revolutionized How Food Is Grown, Processed and Regulated," 4 June 2018 Father and son both dislike the lowest common denominator of … anything, including beer. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orange Blossom Pilsner gets Inoculated in father, son collaboration," 13 June 2018 And then, there’s the opposing view, that Fall Out Boy’s music is the lowest common denominator of rock music, close enough to pop and EDM to chart in the Top 40, yet too toothless to have any real identity. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Review: Fall Out Boy's 'Mania' is an unholy mess," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of lowest common denominator

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lowest common denominator.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lowest%20common%20denominator. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lowest common denominator

mathematics : the smallest number that can be divided exactly by all the numbers below the lines in a group of two or more fractions
disapproving used to say that the quality of something is poor because it is designed or intended to appeal to the largest possible number of people

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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