ulterior motive

Definition of ulterior motive

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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  further, future

    :  more distant

    :  situated on the farther side

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

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

    :  motif

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

    :  moving or tending to move to action

  1. :  motivate

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to criticize severely

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