Sedentary meaning

sĕdn-tĕrē
The definition of sedentary is someone or something that doesn't move much.

An example of sedentary is a person who sits on the couch all day and never exercises.

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Characterized by or requiring much sitting.

A sedentary job.

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Accustomed to sitting or to taking little exercise.
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Accustomed to sitting or to taking little exercise.
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Attached or rooted; sessile.

Sedentary marine organisms.

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Not moving; relatively still; staying in the vicinity.

The oyster is a sedentary mollusk; the barnacles are sedentary crustaceans.

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(medicine, of a job, lifestyle, etc.) Not moving much; sitting around.
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Characterized by or requiring much sitting.

A sedentary job.

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Remaining or living in one area; not migratory.

Sedentary caribou herds.

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Attached or rooted; sessile.

Sedentary marine organisms.

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Spectator.

The soul, considered abstractly from its passions, is of a remiss, sedentary nature.

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Origin of sedentary

  • French sédentaire from Old French from Latin sedentārius from sedēns sedent- present participle of sedēre to sit sed- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin sedentārius (“sitting"), from sedeō (“I sit, I am seated").

    From Wiktionary