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Definition 1: lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed (especially being kept in the background or deliberately concealed) - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where ulterior or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • subterranean motives for murder
  • looked too closely for an ulterior purpose in all knowledge

Synonyms for ulterior in the sense of this definition

(ulterior is similar to ...) secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

"covert actions by the CIA" "covert funding for the rebels"

Definition 2: beyond or outside an area of immediate interest; remote - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where ulterior or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a suggestion ulterior to the present discussion
  • without...any purpose, immediate or ulterior

(ulterior is similar to ...) far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship

"a distant cousin" "a remote relative" "a distant likeness" "considerations entirely removed (or remote) from politics"

Definition 3: coming at a subsequent time or stage - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where ulterior or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • without ulterior argument
  • the mood posterior to

Synonyms for ulterior in the sense of this definition

(ulterior is similar to ...) following in time or order

"subsequent developments"

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