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predatory

[pred-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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adjective
  1. Zoology. preying upon other organisms for food.
  2. of, relating to, or characterized by plunder, pillage, robbery, or exploitation: predatory tactics.
  3. engaging in or living by these activities: predatory bands of brigands.
  4. excessive or exploitive in amount or cost, as out of greed or to take advantage of consumers or patrons: predatory pricing.
  5. acting with or possessed by overbearing, rapacious, or selfish motives: He was cornered at the party by a predatory reporter.

Origin of predatory

From the Latin word praedātōrius, dating back to 1580–90. See predator, -tory1
Related formspred·a·to·ri·ly, adverbpred·a·to·ri·ness, nounnon·pred·a·to·ri·ly, adverbnon·pred·a·to·ri·lyness, nounnon·pred·a·to·ry, adjectiveun·pred·a·to·ry, adjective

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2, 3. rapacious.
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Examples from the Web for non-predatory

Historical Examples

  • The occurrence of non-predatory temperament with the class at that stage is to be looked upon as a case of sporadic reversion.

    The Theory of the Leisure Class

    Thorstein Veblen


British Dictionary definitions for non-predatory

predatory

adjective
  1. zoology another word for predacious (def. 1)
  2. of, involving, or characterized by plundering, robbing, etc
Derived Formspredatorily, adverbpredatoriness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin praedātōrius rapacious, from praedārī to pillage, from praeda booty
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Word Origin and History for non-predatory

predatory

adj.

1580s, "involving plundering," from Latin praedatorius "pertaining to plunder," from praedator "plunderer," from praedor "to plunder," from praeda "prey" (see prey (n.)). Of animals, from 1660s.

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