[ sed-n-ter-ee ]
/ ˈsɛd nˌtɛr i /
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characterized by or requiring a sitting posture: a sedentary occupation.
accustomed to sit or rest a great deal or to take little exercise.
- abiding in one place; not migratory.
- pertaining to animals that move about little or are permanently attached to something, as a barnacle.
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Origin of sedentary
OTHER WORDS FROM sedentary
sed·en·tar·i·ly [sed-n-tair-uh-lee, sed-n-ter-], /ˌsɛd nˈtɛər ə li, ˈsɛd nˌtɛr-/, adjectivesed·en·tar·i·ness, nounnon·sed·en·tar·i·ly, adverbnon·sed·en·tar·i·ness, noun
non·sed·en·tar·y, adjectivepre·sed·en·tar·y, adjectiveun·sed·en·tar·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sedentary
/ (ˈsɛdəntərɪ, -trɪ) /
characterized by or requiring a sitting positionsedentary work
tending to sit about without taking much exercise
(of animals) moving about very little, usually because of attachment to a rock or other surface
(of animals) not migratory
Derived forms of sedentarysedentarily, adverbsedentariness, noun
Word Origin for sedentary
C16: from Latin sedentārius, from sedēre to sit
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