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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vegetative mean? 

VEGETATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective VEGETATIVE has 4 senses:

1. of or relating to an activity that is passive and monotonous
2. relating to involuntary bodily functions
3. (of reproduction) characterized by asexual processes
4. composed of vegetation or plants

  Familiarity information: VEGETATIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

VEGETATIVE (adjective)

Sense 1vegetative [BACK TO TOP]


Of or relating to an activity that is passive and monotonous

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)


vegetative; vegetive

Context example:

a dull vegetative lifestyle


vegetation (inactivity that is passive and monotonous, comparable to the inactivity of plant life)

Sense 2vegetative [BACK TO TOP]


Relating to involuntary bodily functions

Context example:

vegetative functions such as digestion or growth or circulation


involuntary (controlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control)

Domain category:

physiology (the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms)

Sense 3vegetative [BACK TO TOP]


(of reproduction) characterized by asexual processes


vegetal; vegetative


asexual; nonsexual (not having or involving sex)

Sense 4vegetative [BACK TO TOP]


Composed of vegetation or plants


vegetational; vegetal; vegetative

Context examples:

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


vegetable (of the nature of or characteristic of or derived from plants)

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