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[aw-tuh-moh-tiv, aw-tuh-moh-tiv] /ˌɔ təˈmoʊ tɪv, ˈɔ təˌmoʊ tɪv/
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
First recorded in 1860-65; auto-1 + motive
Related forms
nonautomotive, adjective Unabridged
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  • Likewise, automotive engineers are men who have specialized through long years in this branch.

    Opportunities in Engineering

    Charles M. Horton
  • 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


relating to motor vehicles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for automotive

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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