# common denominator

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## common denominator

*n.*

**1.**

*Mathematics*A quantity into which all the denominators of a set of fractions may be divided without a remainder.

**2.**A commonly shared trait, characteristic, or element: "The relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia has been a complicated marriage of shared interests, clashing values and cynical accommodations. The common denominator was a desire for stability" (Peter Baker & Michael D. Shear). "Some are citizens and some are immigrants, yet the common denominator in all these stories is their experiences of marginalization and discrimination" (Maria Chávez).

## common denominator

*n*

**1.**(Mathematics) an integer exactly divisible by each denominator of a group of fractions: , , and have a common denominator of 12

**2.**a belief, attribute, etc, held in common by members of a class or group

## com′mon denom′inator

*n.*

**1.**a number that is a multiple of all the denominators of a set of fractions.

**2.**a trait, characteristic, belief, or the like common to or shared by all members of a group.

[1585]

## common denominator

A quantity into which all the denominators of a set of fractions may be divided without a remainder. For example, the fractions

^{1}/_{3}and^{2}/_{5}have a common denominator of 15.ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonyms

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Noun | 1. | common denominator - an integer that is a common multiple of the denominators of two or more fractionsdenominator - the divisor of a fraction |

2. | common denominator - an attribute that is common to all members of a categoryattribute - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity |

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