sedentary

adjective
sed·​en·​tary | \ ˈse-dᵊn-ˌter-ē How to pronounce sedentary (audio) \

Definition of sedentary

1 : not migratory : settled sedentary birds sedentary civilizations
2a : doing or requiring much sitting a sedentary job
b : not physically active a sedentary lifestyle
3 : permanently attached sedentary barnacles

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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."

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.
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Smoking, stress, sedentary lifestyles, and alcohol and drug use are all also implicated. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Sperm counts are falling. This isn’t the reproductive apocalypse — yet.," 30 May 2019 Even people who have been sedentary for decades try to dive into a half-marathon without much training. Lauren Rao, M.ed., At, Atc, Detroit Free Press, "7 common workout mistakes to avoid," 16 Apr. 2018 Berber tribes, whether sedentary or nomadic, are renowned for their finery. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "T&C Travel: Best of Morocco," 30 Mar. 2015 The world is changing: People are living longer than ever before, and for the first time in history, more people live in cities than in rural areas, making lifestyles more sedentary and the environment worse. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "Heart disease used to be an ailment of the rich. But it’s now striking the world’s poor.," 15 Oct. 2018 That has caused me to become very sedentary pretty much all day and night. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: Can I Start Lifting Weights If I Feel Really Out of Shape?," 18 Sep. 2018 For example, a recent study shows folks who become more sedentary during middle age (habit change) exhibit decreased conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness and extroversion (four of the big five personality traits). Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "People can change if they put in sustained hard work," 8 June 2018 Khan said attracting younger players might be easy since bridge offers sedentary thrills, perhaps like computer games. Stephen Wade, Fox News, "Playing bridge at the Asian Games: 'Athletics of the mind'," 22 Aug. 2018 When daily life is full of sedentary office meetings and digital screen fatigue, getting into nature means putting life back into motion. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Way To Spend 72 Hours at Jackson Hole," 31 July 2018

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First Known Use of sedentary

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sedentary

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

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The first known use of sedentary was in 1598

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sedentary

adjective

English Language Learners 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

sedentary

adjective
sed·​en·​tary | \ ˈse-dᵊn-ˌter-ē How to pronounce sedentary (audio) \

Kids Definition of sedentary

: doing much sitting : not physically active

sedentary

adjective
sed·​en·​tary | \ ˈsed-ᵊn-ˌter-ē How to pronounce sedentary (audio) \

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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