sedentary

sedentary (adj.) 1590s, "remaining in one place," from M.Fr. sedentaire, from L. sedentarius "sitting, remaining in one place," from sedentem (nom. sedens), prp. of sedere "to sit," from PIE root *sed- "to sit" (Cf. Skt. a-sadat "sat down," sidati "sits;" O.Pers. hadis "abode;" Gk. ezesthai "to sit," hedra "seat, chair, face of a geometric solid;" O.Ir. suide "seat, sitting;" Welsh sedd "seat," eistedd "sitting;" O.C.S. sezda, sedeti "to sit;" Lith. sedmi "to sit;" Rus. sad "garden," Lith. soditi "to plant;" Goth. sitan, O.E. sittan "to sit;" see SIT (Cf. sit)). Of persons, meaning "not in the habit of exercise" is recorded from 1660s.

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  • sedentary — [sed′ n ter΄ē] adj. [Fr sédentaire < L sedentarius < sedens, prp. of sedere, to SIT] 1. a) of or marked by much sitting about and little travel b) keeping one seated much of the time [a sedentary job] 2. a) …   English World dictionary

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  • sedentary — sed|en|ta|ry [ˈsedəntəri US teri] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: sédentaire, from Latin sedentarius, from sedere to sit ] 1.) formal spending a lot of time sitting down, and not moving or exercising very much sedentary life/job/lifestyle …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sedentary — adjective formal 1 a sedentary job is done while sitting down, and without moving around very much 2 a sedentary group of people tend always to live in the same place; settled: a sedentary population …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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  • sedentary — [[t]se̱dəntəri, AM teri[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Someone who has a sedentary lifestyle or job, sits down a lot of the time and does not take much exercise. Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle has been linked with an increased risk of heart… …   English dictionary

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