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What is the origin of the word "removed?" It appears to have the prefix "re-", which generally means "repeating something again," although that does not seem to fit. "Moving again" would actually be the opposite of removing something - it would suggest continuing to utilize it as opposed to deleting or destroying it.

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etymonline.com/index.php?search=Emove –  Jim Apr 5 '13 at 2:44
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Perhaps the noun form of the word (e.g. "He sat at some remove") will help. Remove comes to Eng. from Fr. removoire and L. re- + movere (see online etymology dictionary In this context, re- is a prefix meaning "again," or "away," and the morphological combination means "to move away." One removes something by moving it away.

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