- ulteriour (obsolete)
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ʌlˈtɪəɹɪə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌʌlˈtɪɹiɚ/
- Rhymes: -ɪəɹiə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: ul‧te‧ri‧or
ulterior (not comparable)
- Situated beyond, or on the farther side.
- Beyond what is obvious or evident.
- Being intentionally concealed so as to deceive.
1960, Richard Stanley Peters, “Motives and Motivation”, in The Concept of Motivation (Studies in Philosophical Psychology), 2nd edition, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul; New York, N.Y.: Humanities Press, OCLC 613171051, page 32:
- Motives, of course, may be mixed; but this only means that a man aims at a variety of goals by means of the same course of action. Similarly a man may have a strong motive or a weak one, an ulterior motive or an ostensible one.
- (archaic) Happening later; subsequent.
- an ulterior action
1840, M. Lepage, “On the Means of Distinguishing Vegetable Alkalies by Chlorine, and by the Sulpho-cynanide of Potassium”, in Charles Watt and John Watt, Jun., editors, The Chemist; or Reporter of Chemical Discoveries and Improvements, and Protector of the Rights of the Chemist and Chemical Manufacturer, volume I, London: Printed for the proprietors, and sold by R. Hastings, 13, Carey Street, OCLC 7752341, page 141:
- A rather deep red coloration, which appears by the action of the first bubbles of chlorine, but which soon disappears by the ulterior action of this gas: not turbid.
Ulterior is primarily used today to refer to impure, covert, and external motives. In the sense “beyond, farther”, the Latin antonym is propior (“nearer”), which is not used in English. Instead, proximate and ultimate are respectively used for “nearest” and “farthest” (cause, etc.).
- ulterior in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- ulterior in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- ulterior at OneLook Dictionary Search
ulterior (comparative of ulter)
- further away
Third declension, comparative variant
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- ulterior in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- ulterior in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- “ulterior” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.