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forced by illness to lead a sedentary life
  requiring sitting or little activity
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sedentary sedentariness
Strongly Associated with:   sedate, sedate
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  • forced by illness to lead a sedentary life
  • I lead a sedentary life.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • I had lived a placid, uneventful, sedentary existence all my days—the life of a scholar and a recluse on an assured and comfortable income.
    London, Jack  --  The Sea Wolf
  • I’m always sitting and so glad to be moving about for five minutes… I suffer from my sedentary life…
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment

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  • They met in the Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea, and so whenever anything happened there, even something terrible, it was like all of a sudden they were not large sedentary creatures, but the young and idealistic and self-sufficient and rugged people they had once been...
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • The indoor exercises ... prescribed in Eugen Sandow’s Physical Strength and How to Obtain It which, designed particularly for commercial men engaged in sedentary occupations, were to be made with mental concentration in front of a mirror so as to...
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Or Slate, a sedentary name.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • ) Alexander was mostly on his own as well—too young for the girls and too sedentary for Stem’s boys.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • They had been in the house for many months and had grown complacent and plump, their sedentary labor allowing them to acquire a suetlike avoirdupois bizarre-looking amid this fellowship of emaciated flesh.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It ought not to be a difficult task, since that gentleman was naturally sedentary and little curious.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days

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  • A fully grown sedentary dragon could go for months without food, but in mating season they had to eat every week.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • In spite of her sedentary habits such abrupt decisions were not without precedent in Zeena’s history.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • But most of it was what all writing is, a sedentary labor, or joy, sustained at a worktable.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • He is a man who leads a sedentary life, goes out little, is out of training entirely, is middle-aged, has grizzled hair which he has had cut within the last few days, and which he anoints with lime-cream.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Studies of sedentary flesh, painted by men who’d never been there.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • He also turned the tables and started lecturing the grandfatherly figure about the shortcomings of his sedentary existence, urging the eighty-year-old to sell most of his belongings, move out of the apartment, and live on the road.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • But, though these barbarians dined in the cabin, and nominally lived there; still, being anything but sedentary in their habits, they were scarcely ever in it except at mealtimes, and just before sleeping-time, when they passed through it to their own peculiar quarters.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He was a seaman, but he was a wanderer, too, while most seamen lead, if one may so express it, a sedentary life.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Chance: Scotty, there’s no tailor on earth than can disguise a sedentary occupation.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • That part of his torso visible above the desk is shapeless, almost monstrous, with a soft and sedentary obesity.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Lowering the metabolic rate prevented hunger from exhausting supplies People trudged and dawdled, even in summer After the revolution, in Alsace and the Pas-de-Calais, officials complained that wine growers and independent farmers, instead of undertaking "some peaceful and sedentary industry" in the quieter season, "abandon themselves to dumb idleness."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Picture yourself, Jack, a confirmed homebody, a sedentary fellow who finds himself walking in a deep wood.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • CHAPTER 30 Catherine’s disposition was not naturally sedentary, nor had her habits been ever very industrious; but whatever might hitherto have been her defects of that sort, her mother could not but perceive them now to be greatly increased.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • They never came back to see their mother, and the latter being, like many persons of active mind and dominating will, sedentary and corpulent in her habit, had philosophically remained at home.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • But his sedentary life, which accentuated his cheekbones and concentrated the sparkle of his eyes, did not increase his weight or alter the parsimony of his character, but, on the contrary, it hardened on his lips the straight line of solitary meditation and implacable decision.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • While I was not always successful with my children, I did manage to influence some of my more sedentary colleagues.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • He considered his disposition as of the sort which must suffer heavily, uniting very strong feelings with quiet, serious, and retiring manners, and a decided taste for reading, and sedentary pursuits.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • The Bikura lead dull, sedentary lives.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Those occupations are relatively sedentary and you have the body of a man who’s been subjected to physical stress.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Babbitt was interested in a preparation which "takes the place of exercise for sedentary men by building up depleted nerve tissue, nourishing the brain and the digestive system."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • At first sight, this would have appeared merely a wise precaution in a man of sedentary habits, with the view of opening the chest and strengthening the muscles of the arms.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Therefore, this was how we were, in the office, the stout doctor explaining his injection for our lay understanding, fat-faced, dry, unarduous, heavy of breath, his arms hairy, the office stinking of cigars and of his sedentary career in old black leather.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Their own faces were sallow with the unwholesomeness of hot air and sedentary toil, rather than with any actual signs of want: they were employed in a fashionable millinery establishment, and were fairly well clothed and well paid; but the youngest among them was as dull and colourless as the middle-aged.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • …wise and frugal could commit Such disproportions, with superfluous hand So many nobler bodies to create, Greater so manifold, to this one use, For aught appears, and on their orbs impose Such restless revolution day by day Repeated; while the sedentary Earth, That better might with far less compass move, Served by more noble than herself, attains Her end without least motion, and receives, As tribute, such a sumless journey brought Of incorporeal speed, her warmth and light; Speed, to…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Nearly a quarter of the human race’s total activity, it had been calculated, was now expended on sports of various kinds, ranging from such sedentary occupations as chess to lethal pursuits like ski-gliding across mountain valleys.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • In short, we soon separated, and I went, by the advice of a physician, to drink the Bath waters; for my violent affliction, added to a sedentary life, had thrown me into a kind of paralytic disorder, for which those waters are accounted an almost certain cure.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Susan was growing very fond of her, and though without any of the early delight in books which had been so strong in Fanny, with a disposition much less inclined to sedentary pursuits, or to information for information’s sake, she had so strong a desire of not appearing ignorant, as, with a good clear understanding, made her a most attentive, profitable, thankful pupil.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • It had deep downward folds, and was pale as of a man who had always led a sedentary life—which was indeed very far from being the case.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • I had lived a placid, uneventful, sedentary existence all my days—the life of a scholar and a recluse on an assured and comfortable income.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • In the United States, people have become increasingly sedentary — driving to work instead of walking, performing little manual labor, driving to do errands, watching television, playing video games, and using a computer instead of exercising.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • A black derby accentuated the sharpness and sedentary pallor of his face; a jacket, loose on his tall spare frame, buttoned up in a V close to the throat; and above the V a tightly-knotted black tie was mounted in the groove of a high starched collar.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • It may well have been that approaching spring was stirring in their bones and making even sedentary folk restless and eager for change—in any case the number of "wild" and "fraudulent" departures from the Berghof was increasing to acute levels.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • …a great show as to numbers," said Dick; "but you must remember that we shall have more to-morrow; because in this haymaking work there is room for a great many people who are not over-skilled in country matters: and there are many who lead sedentary lives, whom it would be unkind to deprive of their pleasure in the hayfield—scientific men and close students generally: so that the skilled workmen, outside those who are wanted as mowers, and foremen of the haymaking, stand aside, and…
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • "Sir," said d’Avrigny to Villefort, so loud that all might hear, "poor Barrois has led too sedentary a life of late; accustomed formerly to ride on horseback, or in the carriage, to the four corners of Europe, the monotonous walk around that arm-chair has killed him—his blood has thickened.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Since his profession was usually sedentary, he kept his muscles toned and his build rangy with regular, often punishing workouts. s mind.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • After the sedentary life of the Senate, Adams relished the days out of doors.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The expression sounded wonderfully odd, with its suggestion of sedentary desk-life.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Since his profession was usually sedentary, he kept his muscles toned and his build rangy with regular, often punishing workouts.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • McCandless conveniently overlooked the fact that London himself had spent just a single winter in the North and that he’d died by his own hand on his California estate at the age of forty, a fatuous drunk, obese and pathetic, maintaining a sedentary existence that bore scant resemblance to the ideals he espoused in print.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Since his profession was usually sedentary, he kept his muscles toned and his build rangy with regular, often punishing workouts.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
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