least common denominator


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least common denominator

[′lēst ′käm·ən di′näm·ə‚nād·ər]
(mathematics)
The least common multiple of the denominators of a collection of fractions.
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If each organ of government is independent of the other (3), and each has an effective veto over outcomes (4), then the policies which emerge unvetoed will represent a least common denominator of what can be agreed upon among all organs of government.
John Rawls's Political Liberalism aims to develop a least common denominator above which liberalism and liberal institutions may flourish.
He also embodied the least common denominator of the DLC's agenda for the Democratic Party: Appeal to disaffected white voters by demonstrating willingness to get tough on minorities.
It has sometimes been lamented that Philippine TV is in such a bad state because of the tendency of commercial networks to use the "least common denominator" in their programming.
Then, there's the snide observation that, in trying to hook everybody into watching it all the time for profitable ratings' sake, TV has resorted to least common denominator programs, appealing to the universal viewing public's most basic wants and needs.
The biggest challenge is maintaining semantic richness while avoiding the temptation of trying to find the least common denominator and falling into the trap of reductionism.
The parties should assess least common denominator and meet at common ground."
"It's the least common denominator candidate," Traub said.
Moreover, interoperability can be achieved without reducing everything to its least common denominator. Rich device characterization allows for a variety of benefits including storage profiles, event management and correlation and tiered storage.
They're reducing the faith to the least common denominator. It's a movement toward syncretism, pantheism, God-in-you, and it's metastasizing all around us." Placing the altar in a more central location--even if only by 5 feet--presents the Mass as a meal, an action of the assembly, he says, while in reality "it's the unbloody sacrifice of Calvary done by Jesus Christ through the person of the priest."
This least common denominator view of programming resulted in generally predictable shows that promised something for everyone, and were thus as generic and bland as the competition.
SMI-S cannot reduce all products to a least common denominator. To that end, SMI-S object models are extensible--vendors can add new devices and value-added functionality to the existing model.