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.

Nearby words

  1. ulster democratic unionist party,
  2. ulster unionist council,
  3. ulsterite,
  4. ulsterman,
  5. ult.,
  6. ulteriorly,
  7. ultima,
  8. ultima ratio regum,
  9. ultima thule,
  10. ultimacy

Origin of ulterior

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

Related formsul·te·ri·or·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for ulteriorly



lying beneath or beyond what is revealed, evident, or supposedulterior motives
succeeding, subsequent, or later
lying beyond a certain line or point
Derived Formsulteriorly, adverb

Word Origin for ulterior

C17: from Latin: further, from ulter beyond

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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.

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