Definition of sedentary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsedntri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsednteri//
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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(specialist) (of people or animals) that stay and live in the same place or area Rhinos are largely sedentary animals. a sedentary population
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘not migratory’): from French sédentaire or Latin sedentarius, from sedere ‘sit’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sedentary