- far apart; far distant in space; situated at some distance away: the remote jungles of Brazil.
- out-of-the-way; secluded: a remote village; a remote mountaintop.
- distant in time: remote antiquity.
- distant in relationship or connection: a remote ancestor.
- operating or controlled from a distance, as by remote control: a remote telephone answering machine.
- far off; abstracted; removed: principles remote from actions.
- not direct, primary, or proximate; not directly involved or influential: the remote causes of the war.
- slight or faint; unlikely: not the remotest idea; a remote chance.
- reserved and distant in manner; aloof; not warmly cordial.
- Radio and Television. a broadcast, usually live, from a location outside a studio.
- remote control(def 2).
Origin of remote
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Examples from the Web for remotely
This may be the case—but it is not remotely plausible evidence that this attack was therefore orchestrated by North Korea.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
I am not remotely embarrassed to relate he weighed just 9lb.Confessions of a Turkey Killer
November 26, 2014
America was different; the disease of HIV is not remotely the same.They May Sound Like a Good Idea, But Travel Bans for Ebola Won’t Work
October 18, 2014
If your movie is remotely good you can probably get someone to give you money for it.Zach Braff’s Irritating Sense of Entitlement
July 18, 2014
This Judge Hayes did not remotely do—and not for the first time.The Supreme Court Must Right the Wrong Done to Billy Wayne Cope
June 19, 2014
They were sounds not made by his mate, and yet they were remotely familiar.White Fang
Then, remotely, faint as distant cannonading, a rumble reached me.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
It was plainly not a medical affair, or at least only remotely so.
It seemed an insane theory, but no other surmise was remotely reasonable.The Planetoid of Peril
For the life of me I cannot realize anything that may, or may not, befall me remotely.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
- located far away; distant
- far from any centre of population, society, or civilization; out-of-the-way
- distant in time
- distantly related or connecteda remote cousin
- removed, as from the source or point of action
- slight or faint (esp in the phrases not the remotest idea, a remote chance)
- (of a person's manner) aloof or abstracted
- operated from a distance; remote-controlleda remote monitor
Word Origin and History for remotely
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.