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Definition of sedentary adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(of work, activities, etc.) in which you spend a lot of time sitting down a sedentary job/occupation/lifestyle
  2. 2(of people) spending a lot of time sitting down and not moving He became increasingly sedentary in later life.
  3. 3(technology) (of people or animals) that stay and live in the same place or area Rhinos are largely sedentary animals. a sedentary population
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sedentary