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predatory

[pred-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈprɛd əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
Zoology. preying upon other organisms for food.
2.
of, pertaining to, or characterized by plunder, pillage, robbery, or exploitation:
predatory tactics.
3.
engaging in or living by these activities:
predatory bands of brigands.
4.
excessive or exploitive in amount or cost, as out of greed or to take advantage of consumers or patrons:
predatory pricing.
5.
acting with or possessed by overbearing, rapacious, or selfish motives:
He was cornered at the party by a predatory reporter.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin praedātōrius. See predator, -tory1
Related forms
predatorily, adverb
predatoriness, noun
nonpredatorily, adverb
nonpredatorilyness, noun
nonpredatory, adjective
unpredatory, adjective
Synonyms
2, 3. rapacious.
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British Dictionary definitions for predatorily

predatory

/ˈprɛdətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
(zoology) another word for predacious (sense 1)
2.
of, involving, or characterized by plundering, robbing, etc
Derived Forms
predatorily, adverb
predatoriness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin praedātōrius rapacious, from praedārī to pillage, from praeda booty
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