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sedentary

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adjective sed·en·tary \ˈse-dən-ˌter-ē\

Simple Definition of sedentary

  • : doing or involving a lot of sitting : not doing or involving much physical activity

  • : staying or living in one place instead of moving to different places

Full Definition of sedentary

  1. 1 :  not migratory :  settled <sedentary birds> <sedentary civilizations>

  2. 2a :  doing or requiring much sitting <a sedentary job>b :  not physically active <a sedentary lifestyle>

  3. 3 :  permanently attached <sedentary barnacles>

Examples of sedentary

  1. Editing the dictionary is a sedentary job.

  2. The work is very sedentary.

  3. Their health problems were caused by their sedentary lifestyles.

  4. He became sedentary later on in his life.



Origin of sedentary

Middle French sedentaire, from Latin sedentarius, from sedent-, sedens, present participle of sedēre to sit — more at sit


First Known Use: 1598

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SEDENTARY Defined for Kids

sedentary

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adjective sed·en·tary \ˈse-dən-ˌter-ē\

Definition of sedentary

  1. :  doing much sitting :  not physically active




Medical Dictionary

sedentary

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adjective sed·en·tary \ˈsed-ən-ˌter-ē\

Medical Definition of sedentary

  1. :  doing or requiring much sitting :  characterized by a lack of physical activity <increased risk of heart disease for those with sedentary jobs>




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