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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 cool, withdrawn.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 ultra-distant

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 ultra-distant

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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