growing or developing as or like plants; vegetating.
of, pertaining to, or concerned with vegetation or vegetable growth.
of or pertaining to the plant kingdom.
noting the parts of a plant not specialized for reproduction.
(of reproduction) asexual.
denoting or pertaining to those bodily functions that are performed unconsciously or involuntarily.
having the power to produce or support growth in plants: vegetative mold.
characterized by a lack of activity; inactive; passive: a vegetative state.
Also, vegetive [vej-i-tiv] .

1350–1400; Middle English vegetatyf < Medieval Latin vegetātīvus. See vegetate, -ive

vegetatively, adverb
vegetativeness, noun
nonvegetative, adjective
nonvegetatively, adverb
nonvegetativeness, noun
nonvegetive, adjective Unabridged
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vegetative (ˈvɛdʒɪtətɪv)
1.  of, relating to, or denoting the nonreproductive parts of a plant, i.e. the stems, leaves, and roots, or growth that does not involve the reproductive parts
2.  (of reproduction) characterized by asexual processes
3.  of or relating to functions such as digestion, growth, and circulation rather than sexual reproduction
4.  (of a style of living) dull, stagnant, unthinking, or passive

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vegetative veg·e·ta·tive (věj'ĭ-tā'tĭv)

  1. Of, relating to, or capable of growth.

  2. Of or functioning in processes such as growth or nutrition rather than sexual reproduction.

  3. Of or relating to asexual reproduction, such as fission or budding.

  4. Of or relating to the resting stage of a cell or its nucleus.

  5. Of or relating to a pathological vegetation.

  6. Of or being a state of grossly impaired consciousness, as after severe head trauma or brain disease, in which an individual is incapable of voluntary or purposeful acts and only responds reflexively to painful stimuli.

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vegetative   (věj'ĭ-tā'tĭv)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Relating to or characteristic of plants or their growth.

  2. Relating to vegetative reproduction.

  3. Relating to feeding and growth rather than reproduction, as in the mobile phase of plasmodial slime molds.

  4. Relating to an impaired level of brain function in which a person responds reflexively to certain sensory stimuli but demonstrates no cognitive function.

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Example sentences
Entirely vegetative and quite uniform in consistency.
We located a patch of these vegetative terrors near our campsite, but never did
  find any that had managed to catch a bug.
But she lives essentially a vegetative life, though planted on a golden patch.
At first glance, a patient in a persistent vegetative state may appear only to
  be resting, eyes open.
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