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Definitions of sedentary:

  1.   Sedentariness.
  2.   Remaining in one place, especially when firmly attached to some object; as, the oyster is a sedentary mollusk; the barnacles are sedentary crustaceans.
  3.   Accustomed to sit much; requiring much sitting; passed for most part in sitting; inactive; sluggish.
  4.   Sitting much: passed chiefly in sitting: requiring much sitting: inactive.
  5.   Accustomed to sit much or long; as, a sedentary man.
  6.   Accustomed to pass much time in a sitting posture; marked by, or requiring, much sitting; as, sedentary work.
  7.   used of persons or actions; " forced by illness to lead a sedentary life"
  8.   Characterized by, or requiring, much sitting; as, a sedentary employment; a sedentary life.
  9.   Inactive; sitting.
  10.   Caused by long sitting.
  11.   Accustomed to pass much time in a sitting posture; requiring much sitting or inactivity, as an employment or profession; inactive; sluggish.
  12.   1. Sitting, relating to the sitting posture. 2. Physically inactive.
  13.   Sitting much of the time; done in a sitting posture.
  14.   One of a tribe of spiders which rest motionless until their prey is entangled in their web.
  15.   Accustomed to sit much; requiring much sitting.
  16.   One of a tribe of spiders called the sedentaria.
  17.   Inactive; motionless; sluggish; hence, calm; tranquil.
  18.   Not free- living ; animals attached by a base to some substratum.
  19.   Sedentarily.

Antonyms for sedentary:

migrant, migratory, mobile, active.

Quotes for sedentary:

  1. I'm not a sedentary person. I've always been active. – Lauren Bacall
  2. Sporting goods sales have suffered because Americans have become too sedentary – Mike May
  3. Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life, intercourse with women and young people, these are perilous paths for a young man, and these lead him constantly into danger. – Jean Jacques Rousseau
  4. The mind of the Renaissance was not a pilgrim mind, but a sedentary city mind, like that of the ancients. – George Santayana

Usage examples for sedentary:

  1. The change from an athletic to a sedentary habit of life- the wear and tear of the brain- the absorbing passion for knowledge which day and night kept all his faculties in a stretch; made strange havoc in a constitution naturally strong. ” – Ernest Maltravers, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  2. Most of them contain few solid objects to which sedentary organisms can fix themselves, and such ponds are of course poor in sponges and polyzoa. ” – Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa by Nelson Annandale
  3. Here he is traditionally an object or butt for ridicule as in the saying, 'Nine tailors make a man, ' and so on; and his weakness is no doubt supposed to be due to the fact that he pursues a sedentary indoor occupation and one more adapted to women than men, the needle being essentially a feminine implement. ” – The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II by R. V. Russell
  4. Yesterday I was confined with a severe headache, owing, I believe, to a change from an active to a sedentary life without a corresponding change in diet. ” – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  5. “ For persons of sedentary habits, the kind and quantity of food at each meal must be regulated largely by the individual from knowledge based on personal experience. ” – Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value by Harry Snyder
  6. But mostly we want to appeal to the sedentary natives in town. ” – Border, Breed Nor Birth by Dallas McCord Reynolds
  7. Close beside him stood a youngish- looking woman, whose unwieldy bulk, however, and pallid skin revealed the sedentary life and the ravages of ill- health. ” – El Dorado by Baroness Orczy
  8. The Mound- Builders were sedentary and undoubtedly cultivated maize as their chief article of food. ” – The Nation in a Nutshell by George Makepeace Towle
  9. The sedentary Turk, who smokes from morn to night, does not, on an average, get through so much tobacco per annum, as a right slick, active, go- ahead Yankee, who thinks nothing, 'upon his own relation, ' of felling a wagon- load of timber before breakfast, or of cutting down a couple of acres corn before dinner. ” – Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce by E. R. Billings
  10. The fanciful plays of the kindergarten, whether sedentary or moving, cultivate the imagination, the understanding, and the physical powers in harmony, and more than this, they cultivate the heart and conscience, because the moving plays have for their indispensable condition numbers of their equals, and everything they make is intended for others. ” – Education in The Home, The Kindergarten, and The Primary School by Elizabeth P. Peabody
  11. Truth, if it existed, was a state that was sedentary but movement was meaning and this man sought it. ” – An Apostate: Nawin of Thais by Steven Sills
  12. He says: " The custom of hastily swallowing large quantities of animal food three times a day and rushing back to sedentary pursuits after each meal must be changed." ” – Dickens As an Educator by James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes
  13. Petty feelings of envy, vexation, wounded vanity, of that small, provincial misanthropy engendered in petty officials by vodka and a sedentary life, swarmed in his heart like mice. ” – The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  14. It is evident that this runner of races and climber of walls was very far from being the sedentary weakling, afraid to enjoy the pleasures of the body or face its pains, in whom popular imagination fancies it sees the man of letters. ” – Dr. Johnson and His Circle by John Bailey
  15. In spite of her sedentary habits such abrupt decisions were not without precedent in Zeena's history. ” – Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  16. Etienne, whose debility would bow him, as it were, to the sedentary occupations of knowledge, was certain to find in his father a natural enemy. ” – The Hated Son by Honore de Balzac
  17. Walking irked him, for a sedentary life and hearty appetite had made him stout. ” – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  18. It is only fit food for robust and active persons; the sedentary or delicate should carefully avoid it. ” – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  19. Her brother, who died young, made it because he was lame of one leg; which meant that enforced inactivity had found a sedentary employment in mechanisms, not that all lame folk make mills. ” – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  20. People who had been foreclosed and ejected from their lands united to shoot the Norman usurper, and it was not uncommon for a Norman, while busy usurping, to receive an arrow in some vital place, and have to give up sedentary pursuits, perhaps, for weeks afterwards. ” – Comic History of England by Bill Nye