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.
Did You Know?
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."
Origin and Etymology of sedentary
Medieval French sedentaire, from Latin sedentarius, from sedent-, sedens, present participle of sedēre to sit — more at sit
First Known Use: 1598
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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