If you pretend to be nice to someone only to get close to his famous friends, this is an example of when you have an ulterior motive.
- lying beyond or on the farther side
- later, subsequent, or future
- further; more remote; esp., beyond what is expressed, implied, or evident; undisclosed: an ulterior motive
Origin of ulteriorL, comparative of an unverified form ulter, beyond, farther (see ultra-)
- Lying beyond what is evident, revealed, or avowed, especially being concealed intentionally so as to deceive: an ulterior motive.
- Lying beyond or outside the area of immediate interest.
- Occurring later; subsequent.
Origin of ulteriorLatin, farther, comparative of *ulter, on the other side; see al-1 in Indo-European roots.
- (intentionally concealed, to deceive): ostensible
From Latin ulterior, comparative of ulter (“that is beyond").