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remote

[ri-moht] /rɪˈmoʊt/
adjective, remoter, remotest.
1.
far apart; far distant in space; situated at some distance away:
the remote jungles of Brazil.
2.
out-of-the-way; secluded:
a remote village; a remote mountaintop.
3.
distant in time:
remote antiquity.
4.
distant in relationship or connection:
a remote ancestor.
5.
operating or controlled from a distance, as by remote control:
a remote telephone answering machine.
6.
far off; abstracted; removed:
principles remote from actions.
7.
not direct, primary, or proximate; not directly involved or influential:
the remote causes of the war.
8.
slight or faint; unlikely:
not the remotest idea; a remote chance.
9.
reserved and distant in manner; aloof; not warmly cordial.
noun
10.
Radio and Television. a broadcast, usually live, from a location outside a studio.
11.
remote control (def 2).
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin remōtus, past participle of removēre to move back; see remove, motion
Related forms
remotely, adverb
remoteness, noun
unremote, adjective
unremotely, adverb
unremoteness, noun
Synonyms
2. sequestered, isolated, removed, apart, solitary. 8. inconsiderable. 9. withdrawn.
Antonyms
1. close, near.
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British Dictionary definitions for remote

remote

/rɪˈməʊt/
adjective
1.
located far away; distant
2.
far from any centre of population, society, or civilization; out-of-the-way
3.
distant in time
4.
distantly related or connected: a remote cousin
5.
removed, as from the source or point of action
6.
slight or faint (esp in the phrases not the remotest idea, a remote chance)
7.
(of a person's manner) aloof or abstracted
8.
operated from a distance; remote-controlled: a remote monitor
Derived Forms
remotely, adverb
remoteness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin remōtus far removed, from removēre, from re- + movēre to move
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Word Origin and History for remote
adj.

mid-15c., from Middle French remot or directly from Latin remotus "afar off, remote, distant in place," past participle of removere "move back or away" (see remove (v.)). Related: Remotely; remoteness. Remote control "fact of controlling from a distance" is recorded from 1904; as a device which allows this from 1920.

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