Definition of sedentary
1 : not migratory : settled sedentary birds sedentary civilizations
2a : doing or requiring much sitting a sedentary jobb : not physically active a sedentary lifestyle
3 : permanently attached sedentary barnacles
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Examples of sedentary in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of sedentary from the Web
The goal is twofold: First, to help rid employees of their sedentary habits; and second, to give companies data on how their employees interact with the furniture.
In addition to family history, leading a sedentary lifestyle as a person gets older can contribute to a greater risk of developing osteoporosis.
The amounts of time spent being sedentary or doing less-intense physical activity (like slow walking) were not associated with changes in any of the brain regions studied.
Participants started out sedentary, and researchers asked them not to increase activity.
Standing tickets for airplanes Sedentary lifestyles are a serious health problem, and so is airplane death from a pulmonary embolism.
In a large study of men with BPH, for example, those who were physically active for an hour or more per week were less likely to report nocturia than those who were sedentary.
For whatever reason, Friedman quit running, and spent the next 15 years living an essentially sedentary lifestyle.
These wretched man creatures were used as sedentary artisans, working leather or copper, and were quite docile.
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Sit and Learn About Sedentary
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."
SEDENTARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sedentary for English Language Learners
: 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
SEDENTARY Defined for Kids
Definition of sedentary for Students
: doing much sitting : not physically active
Medical Definition of sedentary
: 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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