from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lying beyond what is evident, revealed, or avowed, especially being concealed intentionally so as to deceive: an ulterior motive.
- adj. Lying beyond or outside the area of immediate interest.
- adj. Occurring later; subsequent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. beyond what is obvious or evident
- adj. being intentionally concealed so as to deceive
- adj. happening later; subsequent
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Situated beyond, or on the farther side; thither; -- correlative with hither.
- adj. Further; remoter; more distant; succeeding.
- n. Ulterior side or part.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being or situated beyond or on the further side of any line or boundary.
- Not at present in view or in consideration; in the future or in the background; beyond what is seen or avowed; remote: as, what ulterior measures will be adopted is uncertain.
- n. The further side; the remote part. Coleridge.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed (especially being kept in the background or deliberately concealed)
- adj. beyond or outside an area of immediate interest; remote
- adj. coming at a subsequent time or stage
Latin, farther, comparative of *ulter, on the other side; see al-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ulterior, comparative of ulter ("that is beyond"). (Wiktionary)