- pertaining to the design, operation, manufacture, or sale of automobiles: automotive parts.
- propelled by a self-contained motor, engine, or the like.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for automotive
It was, the Justice Department noted, “the largest penalty of its kind ever imposed on an automotive company.”G.M. Becomes Government Motors Again
May 17, 2014
Automotive sales have been riding a wave of rising consumer confidence in recent months.Automakers Scramble to Deal With Government Shutdown
October 2, 2013
Automotive engineers have known all along how to get better mileage.The Best Green Idea in Obama’s Climate-Change Speech
June 25, 2013
At its peak, tiny Fisker [Automotive] was one of the largest U.S. venture capital backed companies ever.Fisker: Another Government-Backed Company Set to Fail
April 24, 2013
Her husband, director of corporate wholesale for an automotive group, teasingly calls her crazy, but supports her fully.Meet Mariann From Brooklyn, Howard Stern’s Biggest Fan
February 28, 2013
Likewise, automotive engineers are men who have specialized through long years in this branch.Opportunities in Engineering
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Battery patents are trickier than automotive machinery patents.With No Strings Attached
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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
- relating to motor vehicles
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Word Origin and History for automotive
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