remote (adj.)

mid-15c., "distant in place, apart, removed, not near," from Latin remotus "afar off, remote, distant in place," past participle of removere "move back or away, take away, put out of view, subtract," from re- "back, away" (see re-) + movere "to move" (from PIE root *meue- "to push away"). Related: Remotely; remoteness.

The meaning "distant" in any sense is from 1590s; by 1711 as "slight, inconsiderable" (of resemblances, chances, etc.). Remote control "fact of controlling from a distance" is recorded from 1904; as a device which allows this from 1920.

updated on June 28, 2021

Definitions of remote from WordNet
remote (adj.)
inaccessible and sparsely populated;
Synonyms: outback
remote (adj.)
located far away spatially;
remote stars
Synonyms: distant
remote (adj.)
very unlikely;
a remote possibility
a remote contingency
Synonyms: outside
remote (adj.)
separate or apart in time;
the remote past or future
Synonyms: distant / removed
remote (adj.)
far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship;
a remote relative
considerations entirely removed (or remote) from politics
Synonyms: distant
remote (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
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