- 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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Related Words for ulteriorlyafter, afterward, afterwards, again, behind, latterly, next, subsequently, thereafter, infra, succeeding
- lying beneath or beyond what is revealed, evident, or supposedulterior motives
- succeeding, subsequent, or later
- lying beyond a certain line or point
Word Origin for ulterior
C17: from Latin: further, from ulter beyond
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1640s, from Latin ulterior "more distant, further," comparative of *ulter "beyond" (see ultra-). The sense in ulterior motives is first attested 1735.
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