sedentary

[ sed-n-ter-ee ]
/ ˈsɛd nˌtɛr i /

adjective

characterized by or requiring a sitting posture: a sedentary occupation.
accustomed to sit or rest a great deal or to take little exercise.
Chiefly Zoology.
  1. abiding in one place; not migratory.
  2. pertaining to animals that move about little or are permanently attached to something, as a barnacle.

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Origin of sedentary

1590–1600; <Latin sedentārius sitting, equivalent to sedent- (stem of sedēns, present participle of sedēre to sit1; see -ent) + -ārius-ary

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British Dictionary definitions for sedentary

sedentary
/ (ˈsɛdəntərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

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 sedentary

sedentarily, adverbsedentariness, noun

Word Origin for sedentary

C16: from Latin sedentārius, from sedēre to sit
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