adjective, re·mot·er, re·mot·est.


Radio and Television. a broadcast, usually live, from a location outside a studio.

Origin of remote

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin remōtus, past participle of removēre to move back; see remove, motion
Related formsre·mote·ly, adverbre·mote·ness, nounun·re·mote, adjectiveun·re·mote·ly, adverbun·re·mote·ness, noun

Synonyms for remote

Antonyms for remote

1. close, near. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for remoteness

Contemporary Examples of remoteness

Historical Examples of remoteness

  • All others, so far as she was concerned, existed only on the sufferance of remoteness.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • I confess that there was something eerie in the isolation and remoteness of St. nimie.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • There was, indeed, a certain charm in our remoteness from the outer world.

  • He is here framing an ideal, without realising its remoteness.

  • The remoteness of the situation gave the very boldness of his plan feasibility.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

British Dictionary definitions for remoteness



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
Derived Formsremotely, adverbremoteness, noun

Word Origin for remote

C15: from Latin remōtus far removed, from removēre, from re- + movēre to move
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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.

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