Definitions for vegetativeˈvɛdʒ ɪˌteɪ tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

veg•e•ta•tiveˈvɛdʒ ɪˌteɪ tɪv(adj.)

  1. growing or developing as or like plants; vegetating.

    Category: Botany

  2. of, pertaining to, or concerned with vegetation or vegetable growth.

    Category: Botany

  3. noting the parts of a plant not specialized for reproduction.

    Category: Botany

  4. (of reproduction) asexual.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  5. noting or pertaining to unconscious or involuntary bodily functions.

    Category: Physiology

  6. having the power to produce or support growth in plants:

    vegetative mold.

    Category: Botany

  7. inactive; passive:

    a vegetative existence.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Developmental Biology

Origin of vegetative:

1350–1400; ME < ML


Princeton's WordNet

  1. vegetative, vegetive(adj)

    of or relating to an activity that is passive and monotonous

    "a dull vegetative lifestyle"

  2. vegetal, vegetational, vegetative(adj)

    composed of vegetation or plants

    "regions rich in vegetal products"; "vegetational cover"; "the decaying vegetative layer covering a forest floor"

  3. vegetative(adj)

    relating to involuntary bodily functions

    "vegetative functions such as digestion or growth or circulation"

  4. vegetal, vegetative(adj)

    (of reproduction) characterized by asexual processes


  1. vegetative(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to plants; especially to their growth.

  2. vegetative(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to functions such as growth, nutrition and asexual reproduction rather than sexual reproduction.

  3. vegetative(Adjective)

    Physically inactive.

  4. vegetative(Adjective)

    Of a state of impaired brain function, where a person can respond to some stimuli but is incapable of voluntary acts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vegetative(adj)

    growing, or having the power of growing, as plants; capable of vegetating

  2. Vegetative(adj)

    having the power to produce growth in plants; as, the vegetative properties of soil

  3. Vegetative(adj)

    having relation to growth or nutrition; partaking of simple growth and enlargement of the systems of nutrition, apart from the sensorial or distinctively animal functions; vegetal

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