For example, someone helping their spouse find someone else to make divorce easier


Something done with an ulterior motive perhaps fits what you mean.

Although it's not specifically about the morality of what is done (right/wrong), it's done with a, usually hidden, often selfish, real reason which differs from that which was professed.

He got his wife membership of the country club with the ulterior motive that she might meet someone else to ease the guilt he felt at planning a divorce.

  • Your example sentence sort of falls apart in the middle. – user888379 Oct 8 at 14:59
  • @user888379 Thanks, I was editing on the fly as I wrote it and replaced the wrong word. – GeoffAtkins Oct 8 at 15:27
  • I was hoping for a word or a phrase for doing something apparently good for inherently selfish reasons. Not speaking to motive but to action – Sara Ali Oct 9 at 16:02

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