- 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
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.