ulterior motive

Definition of ulterior motive

:a secret reason
  • I think she has an ulterior motive for helping us.

Word by Word Definitions

ulterior play
  1. : further, future

  2. : more distant

  3. : situated on the farther side

motive play
  1. : something (such as a need or desire) that causes a person to act

  2. : a recurrent phrase or figure that is developed through the course of a musical composition

  3. : motif

  1. : of or relating to motion or the causing of motion

  2. : moving or tending to move to action

  1. : motivate


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