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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, relating 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 unpredatory

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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Word Origin and History for unpredatory

predatory

adj.

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.

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