- being beyond what is seen or avowed; intentionally kept concealed: ulterior motives.
- coming at a subsequent time or stage; future; further: ulterior action.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for ulterior
I think a misconception everybody has is that I had an ulterior motive.Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All
November 26, 2014
While Baldwin is an unconvincing gay rights activist, he seems to have an ulterior motive in writing this article.How Likable Is Alec Baldwin After His ‘New York Magazine’ Confessional?
February 26, 2014
I think I have a complicated presence, where when you watch me you wonder “what are the ulterior motives?”The King of Dramedy: Bob Odenkirk on ‘Nebraska,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ and ‘Better Call Saul’
November 17, 2013
But some of the women on the show might have ulterior motives for taking part in The Bachelor.‘The Bachelor’: Ex-Contestant Leslie Hughes Spills Nine Secrets About the Show
March 10, 2013
Plus, his critics have ulterior motives—and his competitors have all lied before.Stop Picking on Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson!
May 5, 2012
I must now see Don Alonso, and prepare the way for ulterior plans.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
In addition to the list, I left a statement of the ulterior demands.
The reference to honesty had not been made with any ulterior motive.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
Or were they, too, moved by some ulterior motive which he could not fathom?The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
Had fate or chance some ulterior purpose behind this episode?The Lure of the Mask
- lying beneath or beyond what is revealed, evident, or supposedulterior motives
- succeeding, subsequent, or later
- lying beyond a certain line or point
Word Origin and History for ulterior
1640s, from Latin ulterior "more distant, further," comparative of *ulter "beyond" (see ultra-). The sense in ulterior motives is first attested 1735.