lowest common denominator[lōˈĭst]
lowest common denominator definition by Webster's New World
- least common denominator
- that which is accepted, understood, appreciated, etc. by the broadest mass of people
lowest common denominator definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- See least common denominator.
- a. The most basic, least sophisticated level of taste, sensibility, or opinion among a group of people.b. The group having such taste, sensibility, or opinion: “The press can resist the standard of the lowest common denominator, the rationalization that all news is fit to print that has appeared anywhere else” (Edward M. Kennedy).
lowest common denominator - Cultural Definition
The smallest number that can be divided evenly into two other numbers (see common denominator). When fractions with different denominators are added together, their denominators have to be made the same; thus, fractions with denominators of nine and twelve have thirty-six as a lowest common denominator. Seventy-two and 108 are also common denominators for fractions with denominators of nine and twelve, but thirty-six is the lowest.
- The term lowest common denominator is often used to indicate a lowering of quality resulting from a desire to find common ground for many people: “This fall's TV programming finds the lowest common denominator of taste.”
lowest common denominator - Science Definition