What does sedentary mean?

Definitions for sedentaryˈsɛd nˌtɛr i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sedentary.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sedentary(adj)

    requiring sitting or little activity

    "forced by illness to lead a sedentary life"


  1. sedentary(Adjective)

    Not moving; relatively still; staying in the vicinity.

  2. sedentary(Adjective)

    Not moving much; sitting around.

  3. Origin: From sedentarius, from sedeo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sedentary(adj)

    accustomed to sit much or long; as, a sedentary man

  2. Sedentary(adj)

    characterized by, or requiring, much sitting; as, a sedentary employment; a sedentary life

  3. Sedentary(adj)

    inactive; motionless; sluggish; hence, calm; tranquil

  4. Sedentary(adj)

    caused by long sitting

  5. Sedentary(adj)

    remaining in one place, especially when firmly attached to some object; as, the oyster is a sedentary mollusk; the barnacles are sedentary crustaceans

  6. Origin: [L. sedentarius, fr. sedere to sit: cf. F. sedentaire. See Sedent.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sedentary

    sed′en-tā-ri, adj. sitting much: passed chiefly in sitting: requiring much sitting: inactive: (zool.) not migratory: not errant: lying in wait, as a spider: not free-swimming: motionless, as a protozoan.—adj. Sē′dent, at rest.—adv. Sed′entarily.—n. Sed′entariness. [L. sedentariussedēre, to sit.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sedentary in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sedentary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mika Kivimaki:

    An increasing proportion of jobs are nowadays sedentary and it is possible that part of the health effects of working hours relate simply to a higher number of sedentary hours at work.

  2. Yeonju Kim:

    The types of relationship between sedentary time and cardiovascular disease (CVD) events will provide different kind of recommendations for the restriction of sedentary time to prevent CVD events in the future.

  3. Jonathan Mitchell:

    Sitting while using the Internet is one of many sedentary behaviors, parents can certainly encourage their children to be more active and help them manage their sedentary time in the home during their free time.

  4. Peter Katzmarzyk:

    The results show that even after Mark Hamer account for the physical activity levels of these people, the amount of time that is spent being sedentary is positively associated with diabetes risk, even in people who are physically active, the level of sedentary behavior is an important behavior to modify.

  5. Bethany Barone Gibbs:

    Someone who runs 30 minutes every day can sit for the other 15 hours of the day at work, commuting, and at home and this person would be considered physically active but also quite sedentary, on the other hand, a cleaning professional might never exercise but might spend most of their day on their feet in light activity – this person would be inactive but have very little sedentary time.

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