Definition of vegetative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvedʒɪtətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvedʒɪteɪtɪv//
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  1. 1relating to plant life
  2. 2(medical) (of a person) alive but showing no sign of brain activity see also persistent vegetative state
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in sense (1)): from Old French vegetatif, -ive or medieval Latin vegetativus, from the verb vegetare, from vegetus ‘active’, from vegere ‘be active’.
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