predatoriness

predatory

[pred-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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:
1580–90; < Latin praedātōrius. See predator, -tory1

predatorily, adverb
predatoriness, noun
nonpredatorily, adverb
nonpredatorilyness, noun
nonpredatory, adjective
unpredatory, adjective


2, 3. rapacious.
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predatory (ˈprɛdətərɪ, -trɪ)
 
adj
1.  zoology another word for predacious
2.  of, involving, or characterized by plundering, robbing, etc
 
[C16: from Latin praedātōrius rapacious, from praedārī to pillage, from praeda booty]
 
'predatorily
 
adv
 
'predatoriness
 
n

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