[ uhl-teer-ee-er ]
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  1. being beyond what is seen or avowed; intentionally kept concealed: ulterior motives.

  2. coming at a subsequent time or stage; future; further: ulterior action.

  1. lying beyond or outside of some specified or understood boundary; more remote: a suggestion ulterior to the purposes of the present discussion.

Origin of ulterior

1640–50; <Latin: farther, akin to ultrā on the far side; cf. ultra-

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Other words from ulterior

  • ul·te·ri·or·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for ulterior


/ (ʌlˈtɪərɪə) /

  1. lying beneath or beyond what is revealed, evident, or supposed: ulterior motives

  2. succeeding, subsequent, or later

  1. lying beyond a certain line or point

Origin of ulterior

C17: from Latin: further, from ulter beyond

Derived forms of ulterior

  • ulteriorly, adverb

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