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


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.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Bishop Warburton, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      Sedentary, scholastic sophists.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Beaconsfield, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      Any education that confined itself to sedentary pursuits was essentially imperfect.
  3. (obsolete) inactive; motionless; sluggish; tranquil
    • (Can we date this quote?), Milton, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      The sedentary earth.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Spectator:
      The soul, considered abstractly from its passions, is of a remiss, sedentary nature.
  4. (obsolete) Caused by long sitting.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Milton, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      Sedentary numbness.





sedentary (plural sedentaries)

  1. a sedentary person
    • 1998 Effect of acute exercise on skin potential in sedentaries and trained athletes.
      Endosomatic electrodermal activity (skin potential level and skin potential response) as an indirect indicator of sympathetic nervous system activity was measured in 35 sedentary male students and 22 trained athletes of two groups during resting and after an acute exercise. The aim of this study was to investigate the difference of skin potential parameters between sedentaries and trained athletes before and after the acute exercise in bicycle ergometer.
    • 2001 Jaarbericht, Issues 35-38 page 99
      The non-sedentaries rather do not without grain or rice, but the sedentaries have, in Wirth's table, not much less sheep and goats than the non-sedentaries. That is a reason to suppose that the sedentaries can cope without the non-sedentaries
    • 2005 The Cambridge History of Islam: Volume 1, Volume 2 page 19
      With the decline and eventual downfall of the south, it was their relationship with the Arab sedentaries of the north which assumed greater importance;
    • 2012 Deleuze, The Dark Precursor: Dialectic, Structure, Being page 37
      Smiths are not nomadic among the nomads and sedentary among the sedentaries, nor half-nomadic among the nomads, half-sedentary among sedentaries.
    • 2015 Road to Beauty Day 8: Hairstyling Tips on the Road
      "These baths are great both for active people like sportsmen, as well as for sedentaries who spend too much time behind their desks," explains Dicioni Lino