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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Veg·e·ta·tive a.
 1. Growing, or having the power of growing, as plants; capable of vegetating.
 2. Having the power to produce growth in plants; as, the vegetative properties of soil.
 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.
 -- Veg*e*ta*tive*ly, adv. -- Veg*e*ta*tive*ness, n.