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. [1913 Webster]
2. Characterized by, or requiring, much sitting; as, a sedentary employment; a sedentary life. [1913 Webster]
Any education that confined itself to sedentary pursuits was essentially imperfect. --Beaconsfield. [1913 Webster]
3. Inactive; motionless; sluggish; hence, calm; tranquil.
"The sedentary earth." --Milton. [1913 Webster]
The soul, considered abstractly from its passions, is of a remiss, sedentary nature. --Spectator. [1913 Webster]
4. Caused by long sitting. [Obs.]
"Sedentary numbness." --Milton. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster]
Sedentary spider (Zool.), one of a tribe of spiders which rest motionless until their prey is caught in their web. [1913 Webster]
1: requiring sitting or little activity; "forced by illness to lead a sedentary life"
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