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Meaning & Definition of Predatory in English

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Predatory

/prɛdətɔri/

adjective

1. Characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding

  • "Bands of marauding indians"
  • "Predatory warfare"
  • "A raiding party"
    synonym:
  • marauding
  • ,
  • predatory
  • ,
  • raiding

2. Living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey

  • "A predatory bird"
  • "The rapacious wolf"
  • "Raptorial birds"
  • "Ravening wolves"
  • "A vulturine taste for offal"
    synonym:
  • predatory
  • ,
  • rapacious
  • ,
  • raptorial
  • ,
  • ravening
  • ,
  • vulturine
  • ,
  • vulturous

3. Living by or given to victimizing others for personal gain

  • "Predatory capitalists"
  • "A predatory, insensate society in which innocence and decency can prove fatal"- peter s. prescott
  • "A predacious kind of animal--the early geological gangster"- w.e.swinton
    synonym:
  • predaceous
  • ,
  • predacious
  • ,
  • predatory