- 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.
Origin of predatory
Synonyms for predatory
Examples from the Web for non-predatory
Historical Examples of non-predatory
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
- zoology another word for predacious (def. 1)
- of, involving, or characterized by plundering, robbing, etc
Word Origin for predatory
Word Origin and History for non-predatory
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.