I'd like to reduce the sentence "The product is used by a wide variety of people, such as jugglers, priests, and businessmen" in length.

Thus, I'm looking for a word that would replace "a wide range of". The first thing I thought of was "various", but it doesn't seem to convey the same meaning when I say "used by various people" rather than "used by a wide variety of people". Any ideas as to what word would go there?

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    I have an aversion to wide, variety, various, multitude in places like the CV (No, you worked on 5 of the same project!) But I could live with "The product is used widely, from jugglers to priests." Mar 2, 2021 at 20:38
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    Both "array" and "range" imply "wide variety" and are shorter by a little bit, although you have to keep the "a" (or "an") before and the "of" after either word.
    – Sven Yargs
    Mar 2, 2021 at 23:13
  • You could just say, “The product is used by people from jugglers to priests, from businessmen (oops! sexist) to animal trainers. Phrases like “from soup to nuts.”
    – Xanne
    Mar 3, 2021 at 2:23

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Diverse conveys a meaning close to what you are looking for:

composed of distinct or unlike elements or qualities: a diverse population


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    doesn't "used by diverse people, such as ..." seem awkward?
    – user760900
    Mar 2, 2021 at 20:28
  • @user760900 - “technologies, used by diverse people, in diverse real-world locations” books.google.it/…
    – user 66974
    Mar 2, 2021 at 20:45
  • @user760900 - “language that may be used by diverse people in diverse settings and different times...” books.google.it/…
    – user 66974
    Mar 2, 2021 at 20:46
  • Diverse can now 'feature' BAMEs and LGBTQ, amongst others?
    – user414952
    Mar 2, 2021 at 21:15

Various is a valid possibility. The online Cambridge dictionary defines "various" as

many different

with examples:

We had various problems on our journey, including a flat tyre. The author gave various reasons for having written the book. Girardo was out of action with various injuries for most of last season. Various people whom we weren't expecting turned up at the meeting.

The same dictionary gives the alternative US definition

several and different

With examples:

He underwent various treatments for the disease, none of them successful. We enjoy eating in various types of restaurants. After holding various jobs in different states, he settled in Oregon and opened a law office in Portland.

Using 'various' in your sentence would give

The product is used by various people, such as jugglers, priests, and businessmen

Given the above definitions this carries the idea of the people being different from each other.

  • Right, but I may as well say "various people such as juggler #1, juggler #2, and juggler #3". I'm trying to convey the idea that it covers some spectrum of people and not just 3 different people.
    – user760900
    Mar 2, 2021 at 23:51
  • The word 'various' primarily means a heterogeneous group. The fact that it is sometimes used for a somewhat homogeneous group doesn't negate that. By giving your heterogeneous examples you confirm the meaning of 'various' that you wish to convey.
    – BoldBen
    Mar 3, 2021 at 1:08

'This all-encompassing product is used by jugglers, priests and businessmen, amongst others

'This all-encompassing product is used by jugglers, priests and businessmen alike.

All-encompassing: including or covering everything or everyone; comprehensive.


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