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
  1. adjective
    located far away spatially
    remote stars”
    synonyms: distant
    located at a great distance in time or space or degree
  2. adjective
    inaccessible and sparsely populated
    synonyms: outback
    inaccessible, unaccessible
    capable of being reached only with great difficulty or not at all
  3. adjective
    separate or apart in time
    “the remote past or future”
    synonyms: distant, removed
    located at a great distance in time or space or degree
  4. adjective
    far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship
    “a remote relative”
    “considerations entirely removed (or remote) from politics”
    synonyms: distant
    far removed mentally
    loosely knit
    having only distant social or legal ties
    separated in relationship by a given degree of descent
    beyond or outside an area of immediate interest; remote
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    close in relevance or relationship
    approximate, near
    very close in resemblance
    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
    denoting confidence or intimacy
    suggesting connivance
    dear, good, near
    with or in a close or intimate relationship
    familiar, intimate
    having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship
    marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity
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  5. adjective
    remote in manner
    synonyms: aloof, distant, upstage
    marked by self-restraint and reticence
  6. adjective
    very unlikely
    “a remote possibility”
    “a remote contingency”
    synonyms: outside
    has little chance of being the case or coming about
  7. noun
    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
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    type of:
    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
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