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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Sedentary \Sed"en*ta*ry\, a. [L. sedentarius, fr. sedere to sit:
cf. F. se['e]dentaire. See Sedent.]
1. Accustomed to sit much or long; as, a sedentary man.
"Sedentary, scholastic sophists." --Bp. Warburton.
2. Characterized by, or requiring, much sitting; as, a
sedentary employment; a sedentary life.
Any education that confined itself to sedentary
pursuits was essentially imperfect. --Beaconsfield.
3. Inactive; motionless; sluggish; hence, calm; tranquil.
[R.] "The sedentary earth." --Milton.
The soul, considered abstractly from its passions,
is of a remiss, sedentary nature. --Spectator.
4. Caused by long sitting. [Obs.] "Sedentary numbness."
5. (Zool.) Remaining in one place, especially when firmly
attached to some object; as, the oyster is a sedentary
mollusk; the barnacles are sedentary crustaceans.
Sedentary spider (Zool.), one of a tribe of spiders which
rest motionless until their prey is caught in their web.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: requiring sitting or little activity; "forced by illness
to lead a sedentary life"
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
46 Moby Thesaurus words for "sedentary":
abeyant, apathetic, at a standstill, cataleptic, catatonic, dead,
dopey, dormant, dull, fixed, flat, foul, groggy, heavy, immobile,
in abeyance, in suspense, inactive, inert, languid, languorous,
latent, leaden, lifeless, logy, motionless, passive, phlegmatic,
quiescent, seated, sitting, slack, sleeping, sluggish, slumbering,
smoldering, stagnant, standing, static, stationary, suspended,
tame, torpid, unactive, unaroused, unmoving
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