ve·hic·u·lar | \vē-ˈhi-kyə-lər \

Definition of vehicular 

1a : of, relating to, or designed for vehicles and especially motor vehicles

b : transported by vehicle

c : caused by or resulting from the operation of a vehicle vehicular homicide

2 : serving as a vehicle

Examples of vehicular in a Sentence

The road was closed to vehicular traffic.

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According to the city's Department of Public Works, the area that will be barricaded and not accessible to vehicular traffic is bounded by: E. Wells St. on the north. Journal Sentinel Staff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reminder: Downtown roads near Pfister Hotel are still closed this morning," 28 June 2018 Many walked along the side of the highway because vehicular traffic had stalled on the only road out. Sonia Perez D. And Mark Stevenson,, "New evacuations near Guatemala volcano set off panic," 6 June 2018 Zhu is charged with one count of vehicular manslaughter and two counts of reckless driving for the injuries of Kevin’s mother and sister. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, "Four years after crash kills 16-year-old, vehicular manslaughter trial begins," 10 May 2018 He was also charged with three counts of vehicular manslaughter and one count of driving under the influence. Dennis Romero /, NBC News, "L.A. officer faces triple murder charges after fiery crash," 21 Apr. 2018 Bani Duarte, 27, of San Clemente, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, Huntington Beach police told CBS Los Angeles. CBS News, "Suspected drunk driver kills 3 Las Vegas teens in fiery crash," 30 Mar. 2018 Tempe police are looking at a vehicular manslaughter charge in the crash, according to a March 19 affidavit filed to get a search warrant for audio, video and data stored in the Uber SUV. NBC News, "Backup driver in deadly autonomous crash was streaming TV show, police report says," 23 June 2018 The police report said Ms. Vasquez could face vehicular manslaughter charges. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Operator in Fatal Self-Driving Uber Crash Was Streaming ‘The Voice,’ Police Say," 22 June 2018 Vasquez could face charges of vehicular manslaughter, although police haven’t said whether or not she will be charged yet. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Safety driver of fatal self-driving Uber crash was reportedly watching Hulu at time of accident," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of vehicular

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for vehicular

borrowed from Latin Latin vehiculāris, from Latin vehiculum vehicle + -āris -ar

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The first known use of vehicular was in 1616

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English Language Learners Definition of vehicular

: of, relating to, or designed for vehicles

: caused by or resulting from the operation of a vehicle

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