vegetative

adjective
veg·​e·​ta·​tive | \ ˈve-jə-ˌtā-tiv How to pronounce vegetative (audio) \

Definition of vegetative

1 : relating to, composed of, or suggesting vegetation
2 : of or relating to the division of nature comprising the plant kingdom
3 : leading a dull, monotonous, or passive existence : vegetable entry 2 sense 3
4a(1) : growing or having the power of growing
(2) : of, relating to, or engaged in nutritive and growth functions as contrasted with reproductive functions a vegetative nucleus
b : promoting plant growth the vegetative properties of soil
c : of, relating to, or involving propagation by nonsexual processes or methods
b : characterized by, resulting from, or being a state in which there is total loss of cognitive functioning and only involuntary bodily functions (such as breathing or blinking of the eyes) are sustained

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Other Words from vegetative

vegetatively adverb
vegetativeness noun

Examples of vegetative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even in areas that evolved with fire, flames that burn too hot can destroy vegetative cover, allowing sand to move with the winds. Matthew Abbott, Environment, "Another Australian wildfire ignites—in one of its most unique ecosystems," 18 Dec. 2020 He was imprisoned for just over 18 months and in that time officials say he was tortured, left in a vegetative state with severe brain damage. Eric Shawn, Fox News, "On Otto Warmbier's birthday, his legacy lives on," 14 Dec. 2020 The death penalty can also be imposed in cases where the woman is left in a vegetative state, for repeat offenders, or the rape of a girl under the age of 12. Esha Mitra, CNN, "India's rape laws don't cover transgender people. They say it's putting them at risk," 8 Dec. 2020 To create hedges, Ms. Johnsen suggests using traditional privet and arborvitaes combined with trees such as the deer-resistant copper beech, which can grow into a type of vegetative screening. Hannah Selinger, WSJ, "For Privacy, Homeowners Hedge Their Bets," 19 Nov. 2020 The child was put in intensive care and went into a vegetative state. Imelda García, Dallas News, "Years after son’s death, man walks from San Antonio to North Texas bearing cross in hopes of closure," 13 Nov. 2020 Parish work crews had hauled more than 475 cubic yards of vegetative debris to disposal sites by Oct. 30, as well. Andrew Canulette, NOLA.com, "Hurricane Zeta rips through St. Tammany, widespread power outages follow Cat. 2 storm," 1 Nov. 2020 The existing debris is just part of the vegetative mess in coastal Alabama that was damaged from Hurricane Sally. al, "Tree trunks, limbs everywhere: Hurricane Sally’s debris will ‘exceed Ivan by quite a bit’," 16 Oct. 2020 Three weeks ago, 33-year-old Hunter Kristian Smith suffered a massive brain injury at his home in National City and has been in a vegetative state ever since at Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego mom launches campaign to fly brain-injured son to Australia," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of vegetative

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4a(1)

History and Etymology for vegetative

Middle English vegetatif "promoting growth, of the lowest species of soul in Aristotelian philosophy (characteristic of plants), of the plant kingdom," borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French vegetative, borrowed from Medieval Latin vegetātīvus, from Late Latin vegetātus, past participle of vegetāre "to live, grow" + Latin -īvus -ive — more at vegetate

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The first known use of vegetative was in the 14th century

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15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Vegetative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vegetative. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vegetative

: of or relating to plants

vegetative

adjective
veg·​e·​ta·​tive | \ ˈve-jə-ˌtā-tiv How to pronounce vegetative (audio) \

Kids Definition of vegetative

: of, relating to, or functioning in nutrition and growth rather than reproduction vegetative cells

vegetative

adjective
veg·​e·​ta·​tive | \ ˈvej-ə-ˌtāt-iv How to pronounce vegetative (audio) \

Medical Definition of vegetative

1a(1) : growing or having the power of growing
(2) : of, relating to, or engaged in nutritive and growth functions as contrasted with reproductive functions a vegetative nucleus
b : of, relating to, or involving propagation by nonsexual processes or methods
2 : of or relating to the division of nature comprising the plant kingdom
3 : affecting, arising from, or relating to involuntary bodily functions
4 : characterized by, resulting from, or being a state in which there is total loss of cognitive functioning typically indicated by a lack of awareness of oneself and one's environment and in which only involuntary bodily functions (as breathing or blinking of the eyes) are sustained entered a vegetative state following a serious head injury

Other Words from vegetative

vegetatively adverb

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