# Definition of 'common denominator'

1. countable noun

In mathematics, a common denominator is a number which can be divided exactly by all the denominators in a group of fractions.

2. countable noun

A common denominator is a characteristic or attitude that is shared by all members of a group of people.

I think the only common denominator of success is hard work.

3. See also lowest common denominator

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## Example sentences containing 'common denominator'

A Short Guide to Writing About History (1995)

It is increasingly moving from trying to find the common denominator to identifying the least and most uncommon single cause.

MANAGING IN TURBULENT TIMES (1980)You've got to find a common denominator.

Times, Sunday Times (2011) Exploring language (6th edn) (1995)It's very hard to find a common denominator.

The Sun (2009)It was clear that we wanted to continue with each other, we just needed to find a common denominator in terms.

The Sun (2015)The common denominator of this group is something else that unites women after their 43rd birthday - an appreciation of good tailoring.

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