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Definition of "vegetative" []

  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of plants or their growth. (adjective)
  • Biology Of, relating to, or capable of growth. (adjective)
  • Biology Of, relating to, or functioning in processes such as growth or nutrition rather than sexual reproduction. (adjective)
  • Biology Of or relating to asexual reproduction, such as fission or budding. (adjective)
  • Spending much time sitting or lying down; physically inactive. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "vegetative" in a sentence
  • ""People like to use the term vegetative roof system," OGS spokeswoman Heather Groll said of the $1.1 million. 32,000-square-foot project."
  • "Then it is very probable that the soul of these reptiles is of a different kind from that which we call vegetative soul in plants; that it is a faculty of a superior order, which God has vouchsafed to give to certain portions of matter."
  • "The last symptoms are particularly suggestive of a real clinical depression, and are often called vegetative symptoms of depression."