Definition of sedentary
- sedentary birds
- sedentary civilizations
- a sedentary job
- a sedentary lifestyle
- sedentary barnacles
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Editing the dictionary is a sedentary job.
The work is very sedentary.
Their health problems were caused by their sedentary lifestyles.
He became sedentary later on in his life.
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English speakers borrowed sedentary in the late 16th century from Middle French sedentaire, which in turn derives from Latin sedentarius. Sedentarius, which means "of one that sits," is from the present participle of the verb sedēre, meaning "to sit." Other descendants of sedēre in English include dissident, insidious, preside, reside, and subsidy. Sedēre is also the base of the rare word sedens, a noun meaning "a person who remains a resident of the place or region of his birth."
: 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
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