sedentary

adjective

sed·​en·​tary ˈse-dᵊn-ˌter-ē How to pronounce sedentary (audio)
1
: not migratory : settled
sedentary birds
sedentary civilizations
2
a
: 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

Sedentary comes from Latin sedēre, meaning "to sit." Other descendants of sedēre include dissident, insidious, preside, reside, and subsidy. Sedēre is also the base of the rare sedens, a noun meaning "a person who remains a resident of the place or region of his or her birth."

Example Sentences

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 on the Web Tucker isn’t really concerned about tackling genuine public health challenges—there are, of course, legitimate, and very serious, issues with the American diet and sedentary lifestyle. Timothy Caulfield, Men's Health, 21 Nov. 2022 The Wake Forest team recruited 296 people with memory problems who lived sedentary lifestyles and randomly assigned them to two groups. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2022 These shifting trends, which are likely to result in more instances of heart disease, mean the condition has moved firmly beyond being a disease of affluence or sedentary lifestyles associated with city living. Jyoti Madhusoodanan, Scientific American, 19 May 2022 However, these devices are only part of the solution to addressing the problem of sedentary lifestyles. David Bassett, The Conversation, 4 May 2022 While increases in Type 2 diabetes diagnoses might be driven by lifestyle factors—the result of a more sedentary lifestyle during lockdowns, or a poorer diet—the increase in Type 1 diabetes suggests covid might be triggering an autoimmune response. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 22 Oct. 2022 Western diet, sedentary lifestyle likely factors in global rise in cancer for adults 50 and under Missing doctor appointments?:You may have skipped lung, colon, breast cancer screenings amid COVID. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2022 Many factors around midlife conspire to push cholesterol levels up, such as a sedentary lifestyle, less healthful diet, and weight gain. Time, 21 Sep. 2022 His sedentary lifestyle further worsened his health and his relationships. Devi Shastri, Journal Sentinel, 31 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sedentary was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Sedentary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sedentary. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

sedentary

adjective
sed·​en·​tary ˈsed-ᵊn-ˌter-ē How to pronounce sedentary (audio)
1
: not migratory : settled
sedentary birds
2
: doing or requiring much sitting
a sedentary job

Medical Definition

sedentary

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