Etymology
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ulterior (adj.)

1640s, "on the other side of," from Latin ulterior "more distant, more remote, farther, on the farther side," comparative of *ulter "beyond" (from suffixed form of PIE root *al- "beyond"). The sense "not at present in view or consideration" (as in ulterior motives) is attested from 1735.

updated on October 17, 2017

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Definitions of ulterior from WordNet

ulterior (adj.)
coming at a subsequent time or stage;
without ulterior argument
Synonyms: later / posterior
ulterior (adj.)
lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed (especially being kept in the background or deliberately concealed); "looked too closely for an ulterior purpose in all knowledge"- Bertrand Russell;
Synonyms: subterranean / subterraneous
ulterior (adj.)
beyond or outside an area of immediate interest; remote; "without...any purpose, immediate or ulterior"- G.B.Shaw;
a suggestion ulterior to the present discussion
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