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vegetative (adj.)

late 14c., "endowed with the power of growth," from Old French vegetatif "(naturally) growing," from Medieval Latin vegetativus, from vegetat-, past participle stem of vegetare (see vegetable (adj.)). Middle English transferred sense was "characterized by growth." Modern pathological sense of "brain-dead, lacking intellectual activity, mentally inert" is from 1893, via notion of having only such functions which perform involuntarily or unconsciously and thus are likened to the processes of vegetable growth.

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Definitions of vegetative from WordNet

vegetative (adj.)
composed of vegetation or plants;
the decaying vegetative layer covering a forest floor
Synonyms: vegetational / vegetal
vegetative (adj.)
of or relating to an activity that is passive and monotonous;
a dull vegetative lifestyle
Synonyms: vegetive
vegetative (adj.)
relating to involuntary bodily functions;
vegetative functions such as digestion or growth or circulation
vegetative (adj.)
(of reproduction) characterized by asexual processes;
Synonyms: vegetal
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