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[dep-ri-dey-shuh n] /ˌdɛp rɪˈdeɪ ʃən/
the act of preying upon or plundering; robbery; ravage.
Origin of depredation
1475-85; < Late Latin dēpraedātiōn- (stem of dēpraedātiō) a plundering, equivalent to dēpraedāt(us) (see depredate) + -iōn- -ion
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depredationist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for depredation
  • 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.
  • These types of attacks represent a special kind of wolf depredation to domestic animals.
  • For the purpose of depredation management, game farm deer are considered livestock.
  • depredation permits are available for controlling destructive coyotes year round.
  • Caution areas added following wolf depredation on hunting dogs.
  • As the population continues to increase, slight increases in depredation are likely to occur.
  • Attacks on dogs at residential areas represent a special kind of wolf depredation to domestic animals.
British Dictionary definitions for depredation


the act or an instance of plundering; robbery; pillage
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Word Origin and History for depredation

late 15c., from Middle French déprédation, from Late Latin depraedationem (nominative depraedatio) "a plundering," from past participle stem of Latin depraedari "to pillage," from de- "thoroughly" (see de-) + praedari "to plunder," literally "to make prey of," from praeda "prey" (see prey).

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