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sedentary

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French sédentaire, from Latin sedentārius (sitting), from sedeō (I sit, I am seated).

AdjectiveEdit

sedentary (comparative more sedentary, superlative most sedentary)

  1. Not moving; relatively still; staying in the vicinity.
    The oyster is a sedentary mollusk; the barnacles are sedentary crustaceans.
  2. (medicine, of a job, lifestyle, etc.) Not moving much; sitting around.
    • Bishop Warburton
      Sedentary, scholastic sophists.
    • Beaconsfield
      Any education that confined itself to sedentary pursuits was essentially imperfect.
  3. (obsolete) inactive; motionless; sluggish; tranquil
    • Milton
      The sedentary earth.
    • Spectator
      The soul, considered abstractly from its passions, is of a remiss, sedentary nature.
  4. (obsolete) Caused by long sitting.
    • Milton
      Sedentary numbness.

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