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VEGETATIVE

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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]

Meaning:

Of or relating to an activity that is passive and monotonous

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

vegetative; vegetive

Context example:

a dull vegetative lifestyle

Pertainym:

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


Sense 2vegetative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to involuntary bodily functions

Context example:

vegetative functions such as digestion or growth or circulation

Similar:

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]

Meaning:

(of reproduction) characterized by asexual processes

Synonyms:

vegetal; vegetative

Similar:

asexual; nonsexual (not having or involving sex)


Sense 4vegetative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Composed of vegetation or plants

Synonyms:

vegetational; vegetal; vegetative

Context examples:

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

Similar:

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


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