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 for sedentary
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.
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     2. Characterized by, or requiring, much sitting; as, a
        sedentary employment; a sedentary life.
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              Any education that confined itself to sedentary
              pursuits was essentially imperfect.   --Beaconsfield.
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     3. Inactive; motionless; sluggish; hence, calm; tranquil.
        [R.] "The sedentary earth." --Milton.
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              The soul, considered abstractly from its passions,
              is of a remiss, sedentary nature.     --Spectator.
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     4. Caused by long sitting. [Obs.] "Sedentary numbness."
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     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.
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     Sedentary spider (Zool.), one of a tribe of spiders which
        rest motionless until their prey is caught in their web.
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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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