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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 farfetched
  • And so it was not farfetched to surmise that they were instead offered as a goodbye.
  • Much of the film's uneasy humor is in this farfetched and caustic vein.
  • Considerably more than melodrama and sensationalism are contained in its not too farfetched speculations.
  • Our society is steeped in the uneasy awareness that human extinction is not a particularly farfetched possibility.
  • The notion of a single memo's changing history is indeed farfetched.
  • However, extreme events must be plausible and not so farfetched that results lose credibility with management.
  • Using the sun to pump water to keep our streams clean may sound farfetched, but it's real and it works.
  • List every reason you identify, no matter how farfetched it may seem.
  • Such an argument is too farfetched to take seriously.
  • It wasn't that he had a problem with farfetched notions.
British Dictionary definitions for farfetched


improbable in nature; unlikely
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Word Origin and History for farfetched



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.

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