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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for November 27, 2020 is:

ulterior • ul-TEER-ee-er  • adjective

1 : going beyond what is openly said or shown and especially what is proper

2 a : further, future

b : more distant

c : situated on the farther side

Examples:

“People need someone in office that they can trust, that they know has no ulterior motives or is beholden to any entities other than the city.” — Mark Rockeymoore, quoted in The San Marcos (Texas) Daily Record, 20 Oct. 2020

“Dreyer describes Seuss’s personal collection of paintings and sculptures as ‘secret art.’ Geisel literally kept them in the closet … and his widow, Audrey Geisel, has never sold an original Seuss. She authorized high-quality lithograph prints so the public can see the ulterior side of her late husband.” — The Alexandria (Virginia) Times, 6 Dec. 2011

Did you know?

Although now usually hitched to the front of the noun motive to refer to a hidden need or desire that inspires action, ulterior began its career as an adjective in the 17th century describing something occurring at a subsequent time, such as “ulterior measures” taken after a lawful request. It then started to be used to mean both “more distant” (literally and figuratively) and “situated on the farther side.” The “hidden” sense, which is most familiar today, followed after those, with the word modifying nouns like purpose, design, and consequence. Ulterior comes directly from the Latin word for “farther” or “further,” itself assumed to be from ulter, meaning “situated beyond.”

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Ken Saunders is a freelance writer, gadget collector and Biohacker. Kens’ professional background is in Information Technology as well as Health and Wellness. His experience has given him a broad base from which to approach many topics. He especially enjoys researching and writing articles on the topics of Technology, Food, and all things Freelancing. His articles have appeared in many online sites, including Lifehack.media, Andrew Christian, Alltherooms.com and Vocal.media.You can learn more about his services at http://www.ken-saunders.info.

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