[ 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.

Origin of predatory

From the Latin word praedātōrius, dating back to 1580–90. See predator, -tory1

OTHER WORDS FROM predatory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for predatory

/ (ˈprɛdətərɪ, -trɪ) /


zoology another word for predacious (def. 1)
of, involving, or characterized by plundering, robbing, etc

Derived forms of predatory

predatorily, adverbpredatoriness, noun

Word Origin for predatory

C16: from Latin praedātōrius rapacious, from praedārī to pillage, from praeda booty
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