- abiding in one place; not migratory.
- pertaining to animals that move about little or are permanently attached to something, as a barnacle.
Origin of sedentary
Examples from the Web for sedentary
That reserve gets smaller with sedentary lifestyles, and with age.
The doctors said it was as strong as an ox, considering he was so sedentary.
Americans spend twice as much time in cars as in the 1970s and average more than 26 hours per week of sedentary entertainment.
One celebrated study found that mortality rates for swimmers were lower than for those who are sedentary, walkers, and runners.
Masters Swimmers have lower average heart rates than sedentary controls.
A dearth of all sedentary resources became, when his youth passed away, his own constant reproach.Camilla|Fanny Burney
Much sitting is to be avoided and a sedentary mode of life is to be discouraged.
The same applies to people who lead studious and sedentary lives.Evolution, Old & New|Samuel Butler
The dress of the stout citizen announced a sedentary man rather than a cosmopolitan.
It is even said that they take to novel-writing and other sedentary occupations.Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories|Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for sedentary
Word Origin for sedentary
Word Origin and History for sedentary
1590s, "remaining in one place," from Middle French sédentaire (16c.) and directly from Latin sedentarius "sitting, remaining in one place," from sedentem (nominative sedens), present participle of sedere "to sit; occupy an official seat, preside; sit still, remain; be fixed or settled," from PIE root *sed- (1) "to sit" (cf. Sanskrit a-sadat "sat down," sidati "sits;" Old Persian hadis "abode;" Greek ezesthai "to sit," hedra "seat, chair, face of a geometric solid;" Old Irish suide "seat, sitting;" Welsh sedd "seat," eistedd "sitting;" Old Church Slavonic sežda, sedeti "to sit;" Lithuanian sedmi "to sit;" Russian sad "garden," Lithuanian soditi "to plant;" Gothic sitan, Old English sittan "to sit;" see sit). Of persons, the sense "not in the habit of exercise" is recorded from 1660s.