Etymology
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automotive (adj.)

"pertaining to automobiles," 1898, a hybrid from auto- "self," from Greek, and motive (adj.), from Latin. Used earlier as a noun (1865) in reference to some sort of helicopter-like device.

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Definitions of automotive

automotive (adj.)
of or relating to motor vehicles;
automotive supplies
automotive (adj.)
containing within itself the means of propulsion or movement;
Synonyms: self-propelled / self-propelling
From wordnet.princeton.edu