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automotive

[aw-tuh-moh-tiv, aw-tuh-moh-tiv] /ˌɔ təˈmoʊ tɪv, ˈɔ təˌmoʊ tɪv/
adjective
1.
pertaining to the design, operation, manufacture, or sale of automobiles:
automotive parts.
2.
propelled by a self-contained motor, engine, or the like.
noun
3.
Informal. an industry, store department, etc., specializing in appliances and parts for cars, trucks, and other motorized vehicles:
You may find what you're looking for in automotive.
Origin of automotive
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; auto-1 + motive
Related forms
nonautomotive, adjective
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  • Likewise, automotive engineers are men who have specialized through long years in this branch.

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  • Battery patents are trickier than automotive machinery patents.

    With No Strings Attached Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA David Gordon)
  • And, while he drove, he began to let his reflexes take over most of the automotive problems now that New York City was behind him.

    Occasion for Disaster Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Tier on tier of upper and lower boulevards revealed themselves, all crowded with automotive and pedestrian activity.

  • The change in rural life due to automotive vehicles can hardly be exaggerated.

    The Farmer and His Community Dwight Sanderson
British Dictionary definitions for automotive

automotive

/ˌɔːtəˈməʊtɪv/
adjective
1.
relating to motor vehicles
2.
self-propelling
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Word Origin and History for automotive
adj.

1865, in reference to some sort of helicopter-like device, a hybrid from auto- "self," from Greek, + motive (adj.), from Latin. Meaning "pertaining to automobiles" is from 1898.

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