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I am trying to find a word to describe a project I am working on. This project has one function, but will be useful to as many people as possible (as many people as meet the requirements to use the project). I would like to use it in the context of something like the following sentence:

"My application is adjective, adjective, and ______________."

Does anyone know of a word that would fit here? Thank you!

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Maybe, instead of finding an adjective to describe the application, you should focus on describing the users; e.g.: "My application will be useful to a wide audience." – J.R. Apr 13 '12 at 23:43
I bet a thesaurus would gives lots of suggestions for 'useful'. – Mitch Apr 14 '12 at 0:39
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Perhaps a word that describes its precious nature? eg: invaluable, indispensable

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I second these nominations, particulary from a marketing perspective. I wouldn't use them both, but one or the other fits nicely in the O.P.'s example sentence. – J.R. Apr 14 '12 at 2:20
I think you are right. I wasn't really looking at it from a marketing perspective before, but those are great suggestions. Thank you (and everyone) for the answer! – Brit Apr 23 '12 at 14:53

Perhaps versatile?

versatile - definition of versatile by the Free Online Dictionary ...


ver·sa·tile (vûr s -t l, -t l ). adj. 1. Capable of doing many things competently. 2. Having varied uses or serving many functions: "The most versatile of vegetables is ..

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Thank you for your reply, but I don't think that is quite the right word. My project only has one function. – Brit Apr 13 '12 at 23:09

If I understand the question correctly I think you just want the word "useful".

This project ... will be useful to as many people as possible (as many people as meet the requirements to use the project).

It sounds like you're saying is "if someone could use this project, it would be useful". Well, that's the definition of something being useful!

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Not one word, but "broadly applicable"?

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I don't know if this would work without some rephrasing of your point, but perhaps "cross-cutting" would fit?

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Not sure if this is an appropriate word but probably - multifunctional..?

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Desert - Please read Brit's comment under MizLaT's answer. – user16269 Apr 14 '12 at 3:24

A boiler performs a single function: producing steam.

It is used in every kind of factory. Each of which may use it in its own way.

For the boiler-maker, it is just a product. For the market, it is the most versatile equipment.

To take your product places, think marketing.

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Jane Austen wrote something like "universally pleasing". Well, "universally useful " or "applicable" might be interesting...

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