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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.
Origin of far-fetched
First recorded in 1575-85
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
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  • When the points of resemblance are too remote the simile is said to be farfetched.

  • In fact the latter is so involved and farfetched, that the former is often entirely obscured.

    The Galaxy Various
  • The reasons for these conclusions are by no means obscure, or farfetched.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • They will persist in quoting Mill's farfetched eulogy, without referring to other passages in the essay On Liberty.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • These ideas were as absurd as they were farfetched, but still they were the honest ebullitions of a diseased mind.

British Dictionary definitions for farfetched


improbable in nature; unlikely
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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