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1‘doctors who practise in areas remote from hospitals’
faraway, distant, far, far off, far removed
dim and distant
2‘a remote mountain village’
isolated, out of the way, outlying, off the beaten track, secluded, in the depths of …, hard to find, lonely, in the back of beyond, in the hinterlands, off the map, in the middle of nowhere, godforsaken, obscure, inaccessible, cut-off, unreachable
North American in the backwoods, lonesome
South African in the backveld, in the platteland
Australian NZ in the backblocks, in the booay
informal unget-at-able, in the sticks
North American informal jerkwater, in the tall timbers
Australian NZ informal Barcoo, beyond the black stump
3‘the parables may seem somewhat remote from modern times’
irrelevant to, unrelated to, unconnected to, unconcerned with, not pertinent to, inapposite to, immaterial to, unassociated with, inappropriate to
foreign to, alien to
rare extrinsic to
4‘up to now, the possibility had seemed so remote as not to need consideration’
unlikely, improbable, implausible, doubtful, dubious, far-fetched
faint, slight, slim, small, slender, minimal, marginal, negligible, insignificant, inconsiderable
5‘when I was a child, she wasn't so remote’
aloof, distant, detached, impersonal, withdrawn, reserved, uncommunicative, unforthcoming, unapproachable, unresponsive, indifferent, unconcerned, preoccupied, abstracted
unfriendly, unsociable, stand-offish, cool, chilly, cold, haughty
introspective, introvert, introverted
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