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Meaning & Definition of Ulterior in English

English

Ulterior

/əltɪriər/

adjective

1. Lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed (especially being kept in the background or deliberately concealed)

  • "Subterranean motives for murder"
  • "Looked too closely for an ulterior purpose in all knowledge"- bertrand russell
    synonym:
  • subterranean
  • ,
  • subterraneous
  • ,
  • ulterior

2. Beyond or outside an area of immediate interest

  • Remote
  • "A suggestion ulterior to the present discussion"
  • "Without...any purpose, immediate or ulterior"- g.b.shaw
    synonym:
  • ulterior

3. Coming at a subsequent time or stage

  • "Without ulterior argument"
  • "The mood posterior to"
    synonym:
  • later(a)
  • ,
  • ulterior
  • ,
  • posterior

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