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distant

[dis-tuh nt] /ˈdɪs tənt/
adjective
1.
far off or apart in space; not near at hand; remote or removed (often followed by from):
a distant place; a town three miles distant from here.
2.
apart or far off in time:
distant centuries past.
3.
remote or far apart in any respect:
a distant relative.
4.
reserved or aloof; not familiar or cordial:
a distant greeting.
5.
arriving from or going to a distance, as a communication, journey, etc.:
I have here a distant letter from Japan.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English dista(u)nt (< Anglo-French) < Latin distant- (stem of distāns, present participle of distāre to stand apart), equivalent to di- di-2 + stā- stand + -nt- present participle suffix
Related forms
distantly, adverb
distantness, noun
overdistant, adjective
overdistantly, adverb
quasi-distant, adjective
quasi-distantly, adverb
ultradistant, adjective
undistant, adjective
undistantly, adverb
Synonyms
4. cool, withdrawn.
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British Dictionary definitions for distantness

distant

/ˈdɪstənt/
adjective
1.
far away or apart in space or time
2.
(postpositive) separated in space or time by a specified distance
3.
apart in relevance, association, or relationship: a distant cousin
4.
coming from or going to a faraway place: a distant journey
5.
remote in manner; aloof
6.
abstracted; absent: a distant look
Derived Forms
distantly, adverb
distantness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin distāre to be distant, from dis-1 + stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for distantness

distant

adj.

late 14c., from Old French distant (14c.), from Latin distantem (nominative distans), present participle of distare "to stand apart, be remote" (see distance (n.)). Related: Distantly.

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