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Definition requiring sitting or little activity
  • forced by illness to lead a sedentary life
sedentary = requiring sitting or little activity
  • 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 lead a sedentary life.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • 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
  • sedentary = inactive (requiring sitting or little activity)
  • 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
  • sedentary = requiring sitting or little activity
  • 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
  • sedentary = inactive
  • In spite of her sedentary habits such abrupt decisions were not without precedent in Zeena's history.
    Wharton, Edith  --  Ethan Frome
  • I suffer from my sedentary life
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  Crime And Punishment
  • 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
  • Or Slate, a sedentary name.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • After the sedentary life of the Senate, Adams relished the days out of doors.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • 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
  • Picture yourself, Jack, a confirmed homebody, a sedentary fellow who finds himself walking in a deep wood.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Since his profession was usually sedentary, he kept his muscles toned and his build rangy with regular, often punishing workouts.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • 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
  • 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
  • In spite of her sedentary habits such abrupt decisions were not without precedent in Zeena's history.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Chance: Scotty, there's no tailor on earth than can disguise a sedentary occupation.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • A fully grown sedentary dragon could go for months without food, but in mating season they had to eat every week.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Studies of sedentary flesh, painted by men who'd never been there.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale

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