re·​mote·​ly | \ ri-ˈmōt-lē How to pronounce remotely (audio) \

Definition of remotely

1 : to a remote extent I could not guess even remotely what time it was.— P. G. Wodehouse I am grieved beyond measure that I should be, however remotely, a cause of this horror coming on you.— Bram Stoker
2 : in a remote location … had planned, for the afternoon, a visit to a remotely situated acquaintance whom the introduction of the motor had transformed into a neighbour.— Edith Wharton The remotely located house of worship survives unaltered from its original state …Virginia Department of Historic Resources
3 : without direct contact or control : from a distance One wrong touch on the steering knobs (the machines are guided remotely from a control console on the surface) and the tunneler can start "porpoising": oscillating back and forth across the axis instead of running straight down it.— Fred Hapgood As a surgeon's remotely operated hands, they could assist in delicate eye or brain surgery; they could even cut your lawn—blade by blade.— Michael Bowker

First Known Use of remotely

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of remotely was in 1598

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“Remotely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of remotely

: to a very small degree
: from a distance

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