- 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
1640–50; < Latin: farther, akin to ultrā on the far side; cf. ultra-
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1. hidden, covert, undisclosed, undivulged.
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- lying beneath or beyond what is revealed, evident, or supposedulterior motives
- succeeding, subsequent, or later
- lying beyond a certain line or point
C17: from Latin: further, from ulter beyond
Word Origin and History for ulteriorly
1640s, from Latin ulterior "more distant, further," comparative of *ulter "beyond" (see ultra-). The sense in ulterior motives is first attested 1735.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper