• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sedentary requiring sitting or little activity "forced by illness to lead a sedentary life"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sedentary Accustomed to sit much or long; as, a sedentary man. "Sedentary , scholastic sophists."
    • Sedentary Caused by long sitting. "Sedentary numbness."
    • Sedentary Characterized by, or requiring, much sitting; as, a sedentary employment; a sedentary life. "Any education that confined itself to sedentary pursuits was essentially imperfect."
    • Sedentary Inactive; motionless; sluggish; hence, calm; tranquil. "The sedentary earth.""The soul, considered abstractly from its passions, is of a remiss, sedentary nature."
    • Sedentary (Zoöl) Remaining in one place, especially when firmly attached to some object; as, the oyster is a sedentary mollusk; the barnacles are sedentary crustaceans.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sedentary Sitting; being or continuing in a sitting posture; working habitually in a sitting posture.
    • sedentary Hence— Fixed; settled; permanent; remaining in the same place.
    • sedentary Inactive; idle; sluggish: as, a sedentary life.
    • sedentary In zoology
    • sedentary Abiding in one place: not migratory, as a bird.
    • sedentary Fixed in a tube; not errant, as a worm; belonging to the Sedentaria.
    • sedentary Spinning a web and lying in wait, as a spider; belonging to the Sedentariæ.
    • sedentary Affixed; attached; not free-swimming, as an infusorian, a rotifer, polyp, cirriped, mollusk, ascidian, etc.; specifically, belonging to the Sedentaria.
    • sedentary Encysted and motionless or quiescent, as a protozoan. Compare resting-spore.
    • sedentary Accustomed to sit much, or to pass most of the time in a sitting posture; hence, secluded.
    • sedentary Characterized by or requiring continuance in a sitting posture: as, a sedentary profession; the sedentary life of a scholar.
    • sedentary Resulting from inactivity or much sitting.
    • n sedentary A sedentary person; one of sedentary habits.
    • n sedentary A member of the Sedentariæ; a sedentary spider.
    • sedentary In geology, remaining upon the rock from which it has been formed by disintegration: said of soil or loose rock material.
    • sedentary In intern. law, said of the private property of a neutral which has remained on belligerent soil or of a neutral vessel in foreign waters. See the extract.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sedentary sed′en-tā-ri sitting much: passed chiefly in sitting: requiring much sitting: inactive:
    • adj Sedentary sed′en-tā-ri (zool.) not migratory: not errant: lying in wait, as a spider: not free-swimming: motionless, as a protozoan
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  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “A sedentary life is the real sin against the Holy Spirit. Only those thoughts that come by walking have any value.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sedentarius, fr. sedere, to sit: cf. F. seédentaire,. See Sedent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sedentariussedēre, to sit.


In literature:

Buvat did not understand these sedentary tastes which Bathilde had acquired so suddenly.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
The forenoon, then, will generally be found the best time for exercise for persons whose habits are sedentary.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
It is met with, however, in women who lead a sedentary life.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
If your situation in life is a sedentary one, your amusements, your recreations, at least, should be active.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IX (of X) - America - I" by Various
Persons of weak delicate habits, particularly the sedentary and studious, are frequently subject to indigestion.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
This is so, probably, because I'm a school teacher and sedentary in my habits.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Of meditative and sedentary habits, I enjoyed the extreme quiet.
"Masterpieces of Mystery" by Various
There are two classes of weavers, the sedentary and the nomadic.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
The constitutions most liable to this obstruction are the lean, and dark complexioned; the grave and sedentary.
"Hypochondriasis" by John Hill
It arrests the circulation of the humors; they stagnate from an inaction made worse by a sedentary life.
"Émile" by Jean Jacques Rousseau

In poetry:

Let all abiding mooted problems
Deep rooted in our fortunes seem
To some a sedentary habit;
But still at home I brood and dream.
"I would go home again—to rooms..." by Boris Pasternak

In news:

It was close to seven on a warm July evening in Greenwood Village, time for the suburb's more sedentary citizens to fire up their grills and televisions.
Active seniors may outlive sedentary peers.
Named the most sedentary city in the US, followed by Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Heal a sedentary body by breaking the 'seated cycle.
Woman 'trapped' at home with sedentary husband.
Robotic Exoskeletons Allow Paralyzed Veterans to Exercise, Reduce Sedentary Effects.
Sedentary office workers try standing desks.
Sedentary lifestyle not to blame for obesity.
Survey of teens' behavior finds fewer smoking or drinking, more being sedentary .
Don't Blame Sitting—Yet—for Shorter Lives of the Sedentary .
45 Countries That Are More Sedentary Than the United States.
In terms of sedentary lifestyle, Lexington, Ky.
Men's Health names Lexington most sedentary US city.
Sedentary lifestyles lead to major health risks, according to a new study.
If anything, the sloth 's sedentary lifestyle makes its meat tougher.

In science:

Thus sedentary societies with agricultural fields may develop stronger hierarchies than nomadic tribes with just a few light goods to be carried around.
Sociophysics Simulations
This blazar was initially selected for observation with VERITAS because it is one of the X-ray-brightest HBLs in the Sedentary Survey , and met the selection criteria used to indentify likely VHE emitters in .
VHE Blazar Discoveries with VERITAS