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 These are simply unsatisfactory, one and all, with the cheapest ingredients and lowest common denominator of taste. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Cinemas are currently offering a pretty easy program tailored to the lowest common denominator that simply gets the audience only used to event films. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Feb. 2022 Managing to the lowest common denominator, changing compensation, more bureaucracy, and increasing pressure to cross-sell bank products are examples of how big firms are asserting their power over advisors and their businesses. Mindy Diamond, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 But there are other ways to spiral down to the lowest common denominator, and then lower and lower, and there’s no relief, and there’s no bottom. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 19 Nov. 2021 As a member-run trade association, their position is often driven by the lowest common denominator. Bernice Yeung, ProPublica, 29 Oct. 2021 Business Terms range from financial, operational or humanitarian repercussions, among others, but the most acceptable lowest common denominator is the dollar value impact. Saket Modi, Forbes, 18 May 2021 In the absence of new laws, American regulators and antitrust prosecutors have had to rely on the lowest common denominator of US anti-monopoly policy: the consumer welfare standard. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 11 June 2021 Nobody is saying the Hungarian rate serve as the basis for a pillar 2 minimum tax, suggesting that the exercise is not about finding the lowest common denominator with a European flagpole. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 27 May 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lowest%20common%20denominator. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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