- 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 remotest
The religious right also has no leaders anymore of the remotest interest.The Religious Right’s Slow-Motion Suicide
September 29, 2014
I met former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates twice, both times in the remotest reaches of Afghanistan.The Book America Needs to Read Right Now
John Kael Weston
January 20, 2014
Many of the basic cable channels with even the remotest semblance of a news presence.The O.J. Anniversary
June 17, 2013
Strom Thurmond today seems a figure out of the remotest historical past.David's Bookclub: Strom Thurmond's America
April 16, 2013
Or advanced any proposal or policy that might in even the remotest way have helped a financial contributor.Don't Do It, Chris!
September 30, 2011
Within a few minutes, it was heard in the remotest room in the College.Little Dorrit
"I haven't the remotest idea," said Davenport, as if vastly bored.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
"I haven't the remotest idea, Tony," Jan replied, with the utmost sincerity.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
I laughed, for I thought what he hinted at to be of the remotest likelihood.Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti
T. Hall Caine
"Naturally, I haven't the remotest notion," replied his father.The Missionary
- 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 remotest
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.