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English definition of “distantly”

distantly

adverb uk   /ˈdɪs.tənt.li/ us  

distantly adverb (NOT CLOSE)

far away: He heard, distantly, the sound of the sea. They're distantly related.Distant in space and time

distantly adverb (NOT FRIENDLY)

in an unfriendly way, showing no emotion: Sam smiled distantly.Not being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot showing or feeling emotionsControlling emotions
(Definition of distantly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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