predatory

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adjective pred·a·to·ry \ˈpre-də-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of predatory

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or practicing plunder, pillage, or rapine b :  inclined or intended to injure or exploit others for personal gain or profit <predatory pricing practices>

  2. 2 :  living by predation :  predaceous; also :  adapted to predation

Examples of predatory in a sentence

  1. predatory acts of sexual violence

  2. <hawks are predatory and pose a danger to rabbits and other pets>

1589

First Known Use of predatory

1589


PREDATORY Defined for English Language Learners

predatory

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adjective pred·a·to·ry \ˈpre-də-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of predatory for English Language Learners

  • : living by killing and eating other animals

  • : wrongly harming or using others for pleasure or profit


PREDATORY Defined for Kids

predatory

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adjective pred·a·to·ry \ˈpre-də-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of predatory for Students

  1. :  living by killing and eating other animals <An owl is a predatory bird.>


Law Dictionary

predatory

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adjective pred·a·to·ry \ˈpre-də-ˌtōr-ē\

Legal Definition of predatory

  1. 1 :  inclined or intended to injure competitors by unfair means <subject to antitrust liability for predatory conduct — National Law Journal> <predatory bidding>

  2. 2 :  inclined or intended to injure or exploit others for personal gain or profit <predatory loans>

  3. 3 :  of or relating to a sexual predator <predatory assault>



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