ulterior

An ulterior interest, argument, or revelation is one you try to keep hidden, like your ulterior motive for weeding your grandmother's garden is to have a conversation with your crush — and Grandma's neighbor — who happens to be outside, too.

The adjective ulterior is a Latin word which means “more distant” or “future.” Something that is ulterior may lay the groundwork for what comes later, like a new friend who hangs out with you at your house but whose ulterior motive is to date one of your siblings, or the incredible popularity of a series of novels set in a real place having the ulterior consequences of that place becoming a tourist destination.

Definitions of ulterior
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adj lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed (especially being kept in the background or deliberately concealed)

“"looked too closely for an ulterior purpose in all knowledge"- Bertrand Russell”
Synonyms:
subterranean, subterraneous
covert
secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

adj beyond or outside an area of immediate interest; remote

“a suggestion ulterior to the present discussion”
“"without...any purpose, immediate or ulterior"- G.B.Shaw”
Synonyms:
distant, remote
far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship

adj coming at a subsequent time or stage

“without ulterior argument”
Synonyms:
later, posterior
subsequent
following in time or order

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