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[fahr-fecht] /ˈfɑrˈfɛtʃt/
improbable; not naturally pertinent; being only remotely connected; forced; strained:
He brought in a far-fetched example in an effort to prove his point.
Also, farfetched.
Origin of far-fetched
Related forms
far-fetchedness, farfetchedness, noun
Can be confused
far-fetched, far-flung, far-reaching. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for far fetched
  • Falling off one of these precipices didn't seem so far fetched.
  • Given how the photon is described, this isn't that far fetched.
  • If they are in a time-neutral or omnidirectional universe, then this is not so far fetched.
  • You're notion that so many people are racist is quite far fetched.
  • We have way too much to learn about the effect of radiation on living tissue to to make statements that are so far fetched.
  • Yet the idea that the firm will retreat to the periphery of the economy still looks far fetched.
  • Avoid counting everything in sight on the theory that a widely cast net will find some positive result, no matter how far fetched.
British Dictionary definitions for far fetched


improbable in nature; unlikely
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Word Origin and History for far fetched



also far fetched, farfetched, 1560s, "brought from afar," from far + past participle of fetch. An earlier form was far fet (1530s). Figurative sense is from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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