- 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
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Examples from the Web for predatory
Nonetheless, Washington has chosen to allow Chinese predatory behavior to continue.Sony Blames North Korea for Hacking, but Washington Left Them Completely Vulnerable
Gordon G. Chang
December 3, 2014
As he says, most men are not predatory sex pests, trying to force themselves on women, get a hand up her skirt, or cop a feel.Does California’s College Rape Bill Go Too Far In Regulating Sex?
June 23, 2014
Allegations that these two men are abusive and predatory have gone on for years now.Revenge on the Pervs: Why the Tide Is Finally Turning Against Dov Charney and Terry Richardson
June 20, 2014
This, it should be said, bears an eerie similarity to the targeted, predatory lending of the last decade.How We Built the Ghettos
March 13, 2014
How Rousseff's fall from grace will play into Brazil's predatory political scene is now an open question.Can Dilma Rousseff Recover?
August 24, 2013
His courage might have been predatory, for he certainly liked to eat lobster.Tales of Fishes
See here, this creature, imperfect as it is, represents the predatory machine.The Ideal
Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
But you can't take a predatory, savage pirate and love him into decency!Cubs of the Wolf
Raymond F. Jones
It was the evening before his return to school, and there was a predatory look in his eye.The Right Stuff
What remembrances does this imply of the hunt, what of the predatory dark?The Children
- zoology another word for predacious (def. 1)
- of, involving, or characterized by plundering, robbing, etc
Word Origin and History 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.