[syn: aloofness, remoteness, standoffishness, withdrawnness]
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;
Places remote enough are in Bohemia. --Shak.
Remote from men, with God he passed his days.
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
(c) Separate; abstracted. "Wherever the mind places itself
by any thought, either amongst, or remote from, all
(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.
3. (Bot.) Separated by intervals greater than usual.
[1913 Webster] -- Re*mote"ly, adv. -- Re*mote"ness, n.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the property of being remote [syn: farness, remoteness,
farawayness] [ant: closeness, nearness]
2: a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner [syn:
aloofness, remoteness, standoffishness,