From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vegetative \Veg"e*ta*tive\, a. [Cf. F. v['e]g['e]tatif.]
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   1. Growing, or having the power of growing, as plants;
      capable of vegetating.
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   2. Having the power to produce growth in plants; as, the
      vegetative properties of soil.
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   3. (Biol.) Having relation to growth or nutrition; partaking
      of simple growth and enlargement of the systems of
      nutrition, apart from the sensorial or distinctively
      animal functions; vegetal.
      [1913 Webster] -- Veg"e*ta*tive*ly, adv. --
      Veg"e*ta*tive*ness, n.
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