Zoology. any organism that exists by preying upon other organisms: Cats are carnivorous predators.
a person or group that plunders, pillages, or robs, as in war: The Vikings were barbarian predators.
a person, group, or business that exploits, victimizes, or preys on others: a sexual predator who targets children;corporate predators who go after smaller rivals.
an overbearing, greedy or selfish person.
- an·ti·pred·a·tor, noun
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How to use predator in a sentence
Many say the adopted children are so manipulative that parents are seen as predators by counselors or social workers.
In some cases children were rehomed with known sexual predators.
In Britain, the state has been a very poor custodian of children vulnerable to sexual predators.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero | Clive Irving | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
How can we keep lauding the creative output of men even after the women in their lives out them as predators?
Like most such predators, their danger to humans is often blown out of proportion.Viral Video of the Day: Great White Shark Deathmatch | Jack Holmes | October 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Such behavior suggests that digging predators may be important natural enemies.Field Study of Kansas Ant-Eating Frog | Henry S. Fitch
Both fish and plankton are consumed by humpback whales as well as by other predators.Humpback Whales in Glacier Bay National Monument, Alaska | United States Department of Commerce, Marine Mammal Commission
And other things came to prey on the predators in their turn.The Forgotten Planet | Murray Leinster
But men were not yet established in their own minds as predators.The Forgotten Planet | Murray Leinster
Some creature had made an unapproachable home for itself where its young would not be assailed by predators.Operation: Outer Space | William Fitzgerald Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for predator
any carnivorous animal
a predatory person or thing
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Scientific definitions for predator
An animal that lives by capturing and eating other animals.
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