predatory

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

Definition of predatory

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 :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

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First Known Use of predatory

1589


PREDATORY Defined for English Language Learners

predatory

adjective

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

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

Definition of predatory for Students

:living by killing and eating other animals
  • An owl is a predatory bird.

Law Dictionary

predatory

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

legal Definition of predatory

1 :inclined or intended to injure competitors by unfair means
  • subject to antitrust liability for predatory conduct
  • National Law Journal
  • predatory bidding
2 :inclined or intended to injure or exploit others for personal gain or profit
  • predatory loans
3 :of or relating to a sexual predator
  • predatory assault


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