- 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 remoteness
The remoteness of the area has been both its curse and its blessing throughout history.Iraq’s Long-Lost Mythical Temple Has Been Found…and Is In Danger of Disappearing Again
July 24, 2014
The more monolithic bureaucracies became, Gowers felt, the more they reinforced their remoteness by using impenetrable language.Will Jargon Be the Death of the English Language?
March 30, 2014
The remoteness, the coolness, the lecturing style is now a liability.A Devastating Presidential Parody
October 8, 2012
But I think there's another factor at play in the psychology of drones: their remoteness.Daniel Klaidman on the Mind of a Drone Strike Operator
June 8, 2012
All others, so far as she was concerned, existed only on the sufferance of remoteness.Weighed and Wanting
I confess that there was something eerie in the isolation and remoteness of St. nimie.The Roof of France
There was, indeed, a certain charm in our remoteness from the outer world.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
He is here framing an ideal, without realising its remoteness.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
The remoteness of the situation gave the very boldness of his plan feasibility.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
- 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 remoteness
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.