ulterior motive (plural ulterior motives)
- An alternative or extrinsic reason for doing something, especially when concealed or when differing from the stated or apparent reason.
- 1895, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Stark Munro Letters, ch. 9,
- There lurks no bribe in the smell and beauty of the flower. Its charm has no ulterior motive.
- 1941, "Poetry," Time, 8 Dec.,
- The poet is a man without a profit or any other kind of ulterior motive.
2006, Philip Sington, Zoia's Gold, Scribner, ISBN 0743291107, pages 197:
- I have an ulterior motive, of course. I want a progress report on the catalog. You've been so mysterious about the whole thing, people are starting to talk.