the act of preying upon or plundering; robbery; ravage.

1475–85; < Late Latin dēpraedātiōn- (stem of dēpraedātiō) a plundering, equivalent to dēpraedāt(us) (see depredate) + -iōn- -ion

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depredation (ˌdɛprɪˈdeɪʃən)
the act or an instance of plundering; robbery; pillage

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., from L.L. deprædationem (nom. deprædatio), from L. deprædari "to pillage," from de- "thoroughly" + prædari "to plunder," lit. "to make prey of," from præda "prey."
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Example sentences
As a result, depredation has significantly declined.
Wolf managers are getting better at responding quickly and effectively to depredation complaints, but much needs to be done.
Depredation permits can be issued, allowing for a certain number of birds to be killed.
Disintegration from the effects of weather and insect depredation are others.
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