remote

Remote describes something far, far away, like a campsite way out in the woods, a distant planet, or the chance you'll win the lottery.

The Australian outback is remote, since it's hard to get to and there aren't many people there. It's also remote in the sense that it's far away from civilization. Someone with a faraway look in her eye, not answering your questions is also remote. Remote can describe something unlikely, like that lottery win. You might win, but your chances are so remote you shouldn't count on it.

DEFINITIONS OF: remote

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adj located far away spatially

remote stars”
Synonyms:
distant
far
located at a great distance in time or space or degree

adj inaccessible and sparsely populated;

Synonyms:
outback
inaccessible, unaccessible
capable of being reached only with great difficulty or not at all

adj separate or apart in time

“the remote past or future”
Synonyms:
distant, removed
far
located at a great distance in time or space or degree

adj far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship

“a remote relative”
“considerations entirely removed (or remote) from politics”
Synonyms:
distant
faraway
far removed mentally
loosely knit
having only distant social or legal ties
removed
separated in relationship by a given degree of descent
ulterior
beyond or outside an area of immediate interest; remote
Antonyms:
close
close in relevance or relationship
approximate, near
very close in resemblance
boon
very close and convivial
buddy-buddy, chummy, thick
(used informally) associated on close terms
close-knit, closely knit
held together as by social or cultural ties
confidential
denoting confidence or intimacy
cozy
suggesting connivance
dear, good, near
with or in a close or intimate relationship
familiar, intimate
having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship
intimate
marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity
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adj very unlikely

“a remote possibility”
“a remote contingency”
Synonyms:
outside
unlikely
has little chance of being the case or coming about

n a device that can be used to control a machine or apparatus from a distance

“he lost the remote for his TV”
Synonyms:
remote control
Type of:
device
an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
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