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. Christopher Kabrhel:

    The results do not seem to be country-specific, being sedentary is bad for you wherever you live.

  2. Mikael Norman:

    Sedentary lifestyle, fast food and smoking will add to the risk of having a cardiac event or diabetes.

  3. Keri Gans:

    But these numbers can still vary even more if we’re talking about an elite athlete or someone who is very sedentary.

  4. Patrick Hitchins:

    For employees to perform at their best they need to be fit, yet workplaces have become anti-fit and increasingly sedentary.

  5. Shane Norris:

    Sedentary behavior also increases; there's more transport accessibility; people walk less; there are more built environments.

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