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Definition of "ulterior" []

  • Lying beyond what is evident, revealed, or avowed, especially being concealed intentionally so as to deceive: an ulterior motive. (adjective)
  • Lying beyond or outside the area of immediate interest. (adjective)
  • Occurring later; subsequent. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ulterior" in a sentence
  • "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."