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Definition hidden — usually of a motive or purpose for doing something
  • She says she's helping out of kindness, but I suspect she has ulterior motives.
  • The report is untrue. It serves only to advance the union's ulterior motives.
  • The legislation completely dovetails with the ulterior motives of the domestic sugar industry.
  • There were no deep manipulative ulterior motives.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • He wanted time and the absence of ulterior pressure.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • The desperation melted and, for the briefest of moments, the ulterior motives were gone.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • I'm probably one of the few people in the country right now who unhesitatingly, and without an ulterior motive, is on her side.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • There was no telling when the god's ulterior motive might be disclosed.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • I think you have an ulterior motive.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • The strange part was that he couldn't perceive an ulterior motive for his impulses.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • After all, Mom didn't seem to have any ulterior motives, at least none that I can figure.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • There are moments when the inner life actually "pays," when years of self-scrutiny, conducted for no ulterior motive, are suddenly of practical use.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • I should have recalled that you are just like me and that you never do anything without an ulterior motive.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Secondly, my conscience is perfectly easy; I make the offer with no ulterior motive.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Love, I know, isn't something to secondguess, but in my world, love is always defined by ulterior motive.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • Nor did he have any ulterior motives.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Who knows, this may have been Lalla's ulterior motive.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • I didn't let on that we had dark ulterior motives.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • But luxury as the power itself is different—luxury without anything ulterior.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • I enjoyed the praise, of course, and Moody was grudgingly proud, but I had an ulterior motive.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter

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