• (US) IPA: /ˈsɛd(ə)ntɛɹi/


  1. Not moving; relatively still; staying in the vicinity.
    The oyster is a sedentary mollusk; the barnacles are sedentary crustaceans.
  2. (anthropology, of a human population) Living in a fixed geographical location; the opposite of nomadic.
  3. (medicine, of a job, lifestyle, etc.) Not moving much; sitting around.
  4. (obsolete) inactive; motionless; sluggish; tranquil
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book VIII”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Such restless revolution day by day / Repeated, while the sedentary earth / That better might with far less compass move{{...}
  5. (obsolete) Caused by long sitting.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Samson Agonistes, […]”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗, lines 569-571:
      till length of years / And sedentary numbness craze my limbs / To a contemptible old age obscure.
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sedentary (plural sedentaries)

  1. a sedentary person
    • 1998 Effect of acute exercise on skin potential in sedentaries and trained athletes. ↗
      Endosomatic electrodermal activity (skin potential level and skin potential response) as an indirect indicator of sympathetic nervous system activity was measured in 35 sedentary male students and 22 trained athletes of two groups during resting and after an acute exercise. The aim of this study was to investigate the difference of skin potential parameters between sedentaries and trained athletes before and after the acute exercise in bicycle ergometer.
    • 2001 Jaarbericht, Issues 35-38 ↗ page 99
      The non-sedentaries rather do not without grain or rice, but the sedentaries have, in Wirth's table, not much less sheep and goats than the non-sedentaries. That is a reason to suppose that the sedentaries can cope without the non-sedentaries
    • 2005 The Cambridge History of Islam: Volume 1, Volume 2 ↗ page 19
      With the decline and eventual downfall of the south, it was their relationship with the Arab sedentaries of the north which assumed greater importance;
    • 2012 Deleuze, The Dark Precursor: Dialectic, Structure, Being ↗ page 37
      Smiths are not nomadic among the nomads and sedentary among the sedentaries, nor half-nomadic among the nomads, half-sedentary among sedentaries.
    • 2015 Road to Beauty Day 8: Hairstyling Tips on the Road ↗
      "These baths are great both for active people like sportsmen, as well as for sedentaries who spend too much time behind their desks," explains Dicioni Lino

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