American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lying beyond what is evident, revealed, or avowed, especially being concealed intentionally so as to deceive: an ulterior motive.
- adj. Lying beyond or outside the area of immediate interest.
- adj. Occurring later; subsequent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being or situated beyond or on the further side of any line or boundary.
- Not at present in view or in consideration; in the future or in the background; beyond what is seen or avowed; remote: as, what ulterior measures will be adopted is uncertain.
- n. The further side; the remote part. Coleridge.
- adj. beyond what is obvious or evident
- adj. being intentionally concealed so as to deceive
- adj. happening later; subsequent
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Situated beyond, or on the farther side; thither; -- correlative with
- adj. Further; remoter; more distant; succeeding.
- n. rare Ulterior side or part.
- adj. lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed (especially being kept in the background or deliberately concealed)
- adj. beyond or outside an area of immediate interest; remote.
- adj. coming at a subsequent time or stage
- From Latin ulterior, comparative of ulter ("that is beyond"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin, farther, comparative of *ulter, on the other side; see al-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“What have the six points, right or wrong, to do with the question whether they can be obtained by moral force, and the pressure of opinion alone, or require what we call ulterior measures to get them carried?”
“Which, come to think of it, is probably the main ulterior reason that I can't imagine doing the 48 hour book challenge ...”
“I cannot say that considerations which from the temperamental point of view might be described as ulterior had never suggested themselves to Miss Bell.”
“Hence a type of reflective egoism has taken the place of animal gratification, and the idea of ulterior benefit has succeeded to that of immediate pleasure.”
“I noticed in one compartment some admirable traceries in solid oak, and before the high altar an elaborate gilt-bronze lamp -- the gift of the wife of Louis Phillippe; but the most brilliant portion of the ulterior is the fresco painting.”
“As his fleet was safely anchored, and that too, in beautiful order, in spite of the fog, Sir Gervaise Oakes showed a disposition to pursue what are termed ulterior views.”
“Some have even criticized me for having "ulterior" motives.”
“In light of military developments in Costa Rica, it's perfectly reasonable to wonder whether the U.S. might have some kind of ulterior agenda.”
“China said Thursday day that "ulterior" motives were behind some criticism of its actions in Sudan, and that the problems there should not be linked with this summer's Olympics in Beijing.”
“Coombs in his attempt to manufacture a false impression that I had some kind of ulterior motive for speaking out against the racist ideology and abusive management of Coombs and Pruden.”
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