I am trying to emphasize diversity in a group of people by describing their backgrounds with the following adjectives:

"...[they have] a wide variety of socio-economic, intellectual and religious backgrounds."

Now I also want to add another adjective, to point out that members of this group also have significant variation in their age.

"...[they have] a wide variety of socio-economic, intellectual, religious and [adjective describing age] backgrounds."

Is there single-word adjective that would be appropriate here?

  • 2
    How is age a background?
    – Lawrence
    Mar 31 '16 at 7:33
  • I'm with @Lawrence on this one; even if there were such an adjective it wouldn't fit in this sentence IMO. Mar 31 '16 at 7:34
  • I'd probably say "[they have] a wide variety of socio-economic, intellectual and religious backgrounds, covering a large age range." (or range of ages) Mar 31 '16 at 7:35
  • @carouselambra "generational"?
    – Elian
    Mar 31 '16 at 7:46
  • The semantically nearest adjective I can think of that could conceivably be used in the desired spot in your original sentence is eval but it's not precise enough for the intended purpose. It's interesting that English doesn't appear to have an adjective that neatly captures the age attribute.
    – Ged
    Sep 29 '16 at 22:52



The people born and living about the same time, considered as a group: the baby-boom generation.


  • Accepted especially after seeing this definition: "a group of individuals, most of whom are the same approximate age, having similar ideas, problems, attitudes, etc." This is exactly what I was trying to convey.
    – user168048
    Mar 31 '16 at 8:01

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