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.

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

ulteriorly, adverb

1. hidden, covert, undisclosed, undivulged.
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ulterior (ʌlˈtɪərɪə)
1.  lying beneath or beyond what is revealed, evident, or supposed: ulterior motives
2.  succeeding, subsequent, or later
3.  lying beyond a certain line or point
[C17: from Latin: further, from ulter beyond]

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Word Origin & History

1646, from L. ulterior "more distant, further," comparative of *ulter "beyond" (see ultra). The sense in ulterior motives is first attested 1735.
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Example sentences
Ulterior transaction occurs when communication exists at both the overt and the covert levels.
Others see ulterior motives to the groups' charity.
Occasionally, they would suspect the person had ulterior motives.
He wanted time and the absence of ulterior pressure.
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