ulterior motive

noun

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

Examples of ulterior motive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another commenter suggested that the bride and groom may have had an ulterior motive with the group of uninvited friends. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2024 But, later that day, Abbott shared an ulterior motive with a crowd at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, in Austin. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 31 Mar. 2024 But Creel and other friends insist Ackman’s campaign against DEI is free of cynicism or ulterior motive. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2024 Perhaps unsurprisingly, the meal came with an ulterior motive. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 31 Jan. 2024 Haley’s future political ambitions Some political strategists and pundits have pondered whether Haley has an ulterior motive for sticking it out against Trump. Karissa Waddick, USA TODAY, 25 Feb. 2024 There’s no evidence that Electric 360 is any kind of hostile takeover of electric racing or has an ulterior motive, for example to push EVs entirely in the direction of hydrogen. James Morris, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 While the group’s social media was overloaded with images of new restaurants, traditional bakeries, and the city’s best sightseeing spots, the trip had an ulterior motive. Irene Kim, Vogue, 8 Feb. 2024 Patricia Pastor, a lawyer for Ms. Kim, said that her client had no ulterior motive for sharing what happened to her. Emma G. Fitzsimmons, New York Times, 20 Jan. 2024

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“Ulterior motive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ulterior%20motive. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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