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

Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of remotely was in 1598

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“Remotely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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