[ pred-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈprɛd əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
Zoology. preying upon other organisms for food.
of, relating to, or characterized by plunder, pillage, robbery, or exploitation: predatory tactics.
engaging in or living by these activities: predatory bands of brigands.
excessive or exploitive in amount or cost, as out of greed or to take advantage of consumers or patrons: predatory pricing.
acting with or possessed by overbearing, rapacious, or selfish motives: He was cornered at the party by a predatory reporter.
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SYNONYMS FOR predatory
2, 3 rapacious.
OTHER WORDS FROM predatory
pred·a·to·ri·ly, adverbpred·a·to·ri·ness, nounnon·pred·a·to·ri·ly, adverbnon·pred·a·to·ri·lyness, noun
non·pred·a·to·ry, adjectiveun·pred·a·to·ry, adjective
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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
/ (ˈprɛdətərɪ, -trɪ) /
zoology another word for predacious (def. 1)
of, involving, or characterized by plundering, robbing, etc
Derived forms of predatorypredatorily, adverbpredatoriness, noun
Word Origin for predatory
C16: from Latin praedātōrius rapacious, from praedārī to pillage, from praeda booty
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