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Definition of least common denominator noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


    least common denominator

    (also lowest common denominator)
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  1. 1(mathematics) the smallest number that the bottom numbers of a group of fractions can be divided into exactly
  2. 2(disapproving) something that is simple enough to seem interesting to, or to be understood by, the highest number of people in a particular group; the sort of people who are least intelligent or accept something that is of low quality The school syllabus seems aimed at the least common denominator.
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