from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Distant in space, time, or nature; remote.
  • adj. Separated in relationship by a given degree of descent: A first cousin's child is one's first cousin once removed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Separated in time, space, or degree.
  • adj. Of a different generation, older or younger
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of remove.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Changed in place.
  • adj. Dismissed from office.
  • adj. Distant in location; remote.
  • adj. Distant by degrees in relationship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Remote; separate from others; specifically, noting a grade of distance in relationship and the like: as, “a lie seven times removed,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. separate or apart in time
  • adj. separated in relationship by a given degree of descent


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  • Moreover, she learned that her father and mother anxiously expected her at that house to which they had removed, but did not reveal that he had _been removed_ in the care of two bailiffs, and the house named was but a resting place in his transit to jail.

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  • "You wish it removed -- _just as other obstacles have been removed_.

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  • "It may be that there should be a right to have your name removed from a social network where you volunteered it in the first place," says Richard Thomas , a former British data-privacy commissioner, who is now a strategy adviser to international law firm Hunton & Williams LLP.

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  • He tried to have his name removed from the ballot but received 10,638 votes on the party's ballot line, in what turned out to be a close contest.

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  • My name removed from my greatest work—I am appalled!

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  • Accused Elizabeth Smart kidnapper Brian David Mitchell was once again removed from a federal courtroom Friday.

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  • Ford would eventually have his name removed from alliance stationery, but seems to have maintained a loose association, if only through old friends Ward Bond and John Wayne.

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  • Peter and Vandy is another low-budget two-hander that explores the ups and downs of a modern relationship using jump cuts, nonlinear plot mechanics and elliptical storytelling techniques that only succeed in keeping the couple in the title removed, at an annoying distance, from audience interest.

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  • For example, an animal with its brain removed is still capable of going through the motions of walking, as anybody who has seen a chicken with its head cut off can attest.

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