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NOUN (1)

1. a device that can be used to control a machine or apparatus from a distance;
- Example: "he lost the remote for his TV"
[syn: remote control, remote]


ADJECTIVE (5)

1. located far away spatially;
- Example: "distant lands"
- Example: "remote stars"
[syn: distant, remote]

2. very unlikely;
- Example: "an outside chance"
- Example: "a remote possibility"
- Example: "a remote contingency"
[syn: outside, remote]

3. separate or apart in time;
- Example: "distant events"
- Example: "the remote past or future"
[syn: distant, remote, removed]

4. inaccessible and sparsely populated;;
[syn: outback(a), remote]

5. far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship ;
- Example: "a distant cousin"
- Example: "a remote relative"
- Example: "a distant likeness"
- Example: "considerations entirely removed (or remote) from politics"
[syn: distant, remote]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Remote \Re*mote"\ (r?-m?t"), a. [Compar. Remoter (-?r); superl. Remotest.] [L. remotus, p. p. of removere to remove. See Remove.] 1. Removed to a distance; not near; far away; distant; -- said in respect to time or to place; as, remote ages; remote lands. [1913 Webster] Places remote enough are in Bohemia. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Remote from men, with God he passed his days. --Parnell. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, removed; not agreeing, according, or being related; -- in various figurative uses. Specifically: (a) Not agreeing; alien; foreign. "All these propositions, how remote soever from reason." --Locke. (b) Not nearly related; not close; as, a remote connection or consanguinity. (c) Separate; abstracted. "Wherever the mind places itself by any thought, either amongst, or remote from, all bodies." --Locke. (d) Not proximate or acting directly; primary; distant. "From the effect to the remotest cause." --Granville. (e) Not obvious or sriking; as, a remote resemblance. [1913 Webster] 3. (Bot.) Separated by intervals greater than usual. [1913 Webster] -- Re*mote"ly, adv. -- Re*mote"ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

remote adj 1: located far away spatially; "distant lands"; "remote stars" [syn: distant, remote] 2: very unlikely; "an outside chance"; "a remote possibility"; "a remote contingency" [syn: outside, remote] 3: separate or apart in time; "distant events"; "the remote past or future" [syn: distant, remote, removed] 4: inaccessible and sparsely populated; [syn: outback(a), remote] 5: far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship ; "a distant cousin"; "a remote relative"; "a distant likeness"; "considerations entirely removed (or remote) from politics" [syn: distant, remote] [ant: close] n 1: a device that can be used to control a machine or apparatus from a distance; "he lost the remote for his TV" [syn: remote control, remote]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

156 Moby Thesaurus words for "remote": Olympian, above all that, abstracted, acquisitive, alien, aloof, ambitious for self, ancient, apart, arcane, asunder, at a distance, autistic, away, back, backward, bashful, blank, careerist, casual, chilled, chilly, cold, constrained, cool, detached, devious, discreet, disinterested, distal, distant, early, egotistical, exclusive, exotic, expressionless, faint, far, far off, far-flung, far-off, faraway, farfetched, fat, foggy, forbidding, forced, frigid, frontier, frosty, grasping, greedy, guarded, icy, impassive, impersonal, implausible, improbable, in a backwater, inaccessible, inappropriate, inconsiderable, incurious, indifferent, individualistic, insignificant, insular, introverted, irrelevant, isolated, lonely, lonesome, long-distance, long-range, modest, narcissistic, negligible, obscure, off, offish, out-of-the-way, out-of-the-world, outlandish, outlying, outside, personalistic, poor, possessive, privatistic, quarantined, quite another thing, recondite, removed, repressed, reserved, restrained, reticent, retired, retiring, secluded, seclusive, secret, segregated, self-absorbed, self-admiring, self-advancing, self-besot, self-centered, self-considerative, self-contained, self-devoted, self-esteeming, self-indulgent, self-interested, self-jealous, self-occupied, self-pleasing, self-seeking, self-serving, self-sufficient, selfish, separate, separated, sequestered, shrinking, shut off, slender, slight, slim, small, something else again, standoff, standoffish, strained, subdued, subtle, suppressed, tramontane, ultramontane, unaffable, unapproachable, unconcerned, uncongenial, unconnected, undemonstrative, unexpansive, unfamiliar, unfrequented, ungenial, uninterested, unlikely, unrelated, unsettled, unusual, unvisited, withdrawn
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

REMOTE. At a distance; afar off, not immediate. A remote cause is not in general sufficient to charge a man with the commission of a crime, nor with being the author of a tort. 2. When a man suffers an injury in consequence of the violation of a contract, he is in general entitled to damages for the violation of such contract, but not for remote consequences, unconnected with the contract, to which he may be subjected; as, for example, if the maker of a promissory note should not pay it at maturity; the holder will be entitled to damages arising from the breach of the contract, namely, the principal and interest; but should the holder, in consequence of the non-payment of such note, be compelled to stop payment, and lose his credit and his business, the maker will not be responsible for such losses, on account of the great remoteness of the cause; so if an agent who is bound to account should neglect to do so, and a similar failure should take place, the agent would not be responsible for the damages thus caused. 1 Brock. Cir. C. R. 103; see 3 Pet. 69, 84, 89; 5 Mason's R. 161; 3 Wheat. 560; 1 Story, R. 157; 3 Sumn. R. 27, 270; 2 Sm. & Marsh. 340; 7 Hill, 61. Vide Cause.