au·​to·​mo·​bil·​i·​ty ˌȯ-tō-mə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce automobility (audio)
: the use of automobiles as the major means of transportation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Malls are, indeed, having a pop culture resurgence, but at an odd moment, because young people seem to be increasingly drawn to cities, and trends in urban design (away from automobility) point away from the mall. Dallas News, 28 July 2022 For air mobility to meaningfully replace automobility, Dr. Rothblatt said, the eVTOL industry has to benchmark the safety standards not of cars or helicopters or private planes, but commercial airliners. Dan Neil, WSJ, 31 Jan. 2020 The rapid growth of automobility after World War I might have tempered enthusiasm for driving too fast and too recklessly. Dan Albert, Vox, 21 June 2019 Everything that the future holds for automobility—connected, shared, self-driving, electric—sounds to traditionalists about as appealing as cat-food flavored toothpaste. Dan Neil, WSJ, 31 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of automobility was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Automobility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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