ulterior

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin ulterior ‎(further, more distant), from ulter ‎(that is beyond) + -ior ‎(more).

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Adjective[edit]

ulterior ‎(not comparable)

  1. Situated beyond, or on the farther side.
  2. Beyond what is obvious or evident.
  3. Being intentionally concealed so as to deceive.
    • 1956–1960, R.S. Peters, The Concept of Motivation, Routledge & Kegan Paul (second edition, 1960), chapter ii: “Motives and Motivation”, 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.
  4. (archaic) Happening later; subsequent.
    an ulterior action
    • 1840, in The Chemist, volume 1, 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 []

Usage notes[edit]

Ulterior is primarily used today to mean impure, covert, external motives, and generally not opposed to etymological antonyms. In the comparative sense “beyond, farther”, the Latin antonym is propior ‎(nearer), which is not used in English (compare proximate/ultimate for “nearest/farthest (cause etc.)”). In the sense “after, subsequent”, it can be opposed to prior, but the sense “after” is now archaic (compare primate/ultimate for “first/last”).

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  • (intentionally concealed, to deceive): ostensible

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ulter +‎ -ior

Adjective[edit]

ulterior ‎(comparative of ulter)

  1. further away

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Third declension, comparative variant

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative ulterior ulterius ulteriōrēs ulteriōra
genitive ulteriōris ulteriōrum
dative ulteriōrī ulteriōribus
accusative ulteriōrem ulterius ulteriōrēs ulteriōra
ablative ulteriōre ulteriōribus
vocative ulterior ulterius ulteriōrēs ulteriōra

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Adjective[edit]

ulterior m, f ‎(plural ulteriores)

  1. ulterior
  2. later; subsequent

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