sedentary
[ sed-n-ter-ee ]
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Part of Speechadjective
Origin + Etymology
Late 16th century, Latin;Term originally referred to "not migratory" when discussing animals. From the Latin sedentarius, from sedere "sit."
Synonyms
    1.
  • seated
  • sitting
  • stationary
    2.
  • inactive
  • idle
  • torpid
Antonyms
    1.
  • mobile
  • moving
    2.
  • active
  • energetic
Definition
1.characterized by or requiring a sitting posture
2.accustomed to sit or rest a great deal or to take little exercise
Examples
1.A) I prefer parties where staying sedentary is welcome over parties where dancing feels mandatory. B) I found him in a sedentary position, watching the television with a bag of chips just in reach.
2.A) All the criticisms of a sedentary lifestyle come from people with radically different ideas about relaxation. B) She preferred it when the job was more sedentary than when she had to rush around the site ensuring direct communication.
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