automotive etymology

English word automotive comes from English motive, English auto-

Detailed word origin of automotive

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
motive English (eng) Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move. Relating to motion and/or to its cause (transitive) To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move. (architecture, fine arts) A motif. [from 19th c.]. (legal) Something which causes someone to want to commit a crime; a reason for criminal behaviour. [from 18th c.]. (music) A motif; a theme or subject, especially one that is [...]
auto- English (eng) (from automatic) automatic. (from automobile) relating to cars or the driving of cars. Regarding oneself.
automotive English (eng) Having the ability to move by itself; self-propelled or self-propelling.. Of, or relating to motor vehicles. A shop or company that sells motor vehicle parts.

Words with the same origin as automotive

Descendants of motive
motivate motivity
Descendants of auto-
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