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-
Synonyms for ulterior
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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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