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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.
Contemporary Examples

Nonetheless, “all’s fair in love, war, and automotive marketing,” said a GM executive who asked not to be identified by name.
Detroit’s Big Chance? Paul A. Eisenstein February 2, 2010

The demise of the Hummer looks like more than the end of an automotive brand.
The End of Really Big Tunku Varadarajan February 23, 2010

It was, the Justice Department noted, “the largest penalty of its kind ever imposed on an automotive company.”
G.M. Becomes Government Motors Again Daniel Gross May 16, 2014

Why then is it that our automotive committee is composed of 21 senators, 20 of which are male.
The Hillary Groping Incident And Other Signs We’re Back in 1950 Amy Siskind December 6, 2008

John Nielsen, the director of automotive engineering at the American Automobile Association, for one, is ecstatic.
Google, Audi, Toyota, and the Brave New World of Driverless Cars Abby Haglage January 15, 2013

Historical Examples

The change in rural life due to automotive vehicles can hardly be exaggerated.
The Farmer and His Community Dwight Sanderson

Likewise, automotive engineers are men who have specialized through long years in this branch.
Opportunities in Engineering Charles M. Horton

Tier on tier of upper and lower boulevards revealed themselves, all crowded with automotive and pedestrian activity.
Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930 Various

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

relating to motor vehicles

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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