What does predatory mean?

Definitions for predatory
ˈprɛd əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr ipreda·to·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. marauding, predatory, raiding(adj)

    characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding

    "bands of marauding Indians"; "predatory warfare"; "a raiding party"

  2. predatory, rapacious, raptorial, ravening, vulturine, vulturous(adj)

    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"

  3. predaceous, predacious, predatory(adj)

    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


  1. predatory(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to a predator.

    Etymology: From praedatorius.

  2. predatory(Adjective)

    Living by preying on other living animals.

    Etymology: From praedatorius.

  3. predatory(Adjective)

    Exploiting or victimizing others for personal gain.

    Etymology: From praedatorius.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Predatory(adj)

    characterized by plundering; practicing rapine; plundering; pillaging; as, a predatory excursion; a predatory party

    Etymology: [L. praedatorius, fr. praedari to plunder, fr. praeda prey. See Prey.]

  2. Predatory(adj)

    hungry; ravenous; as, predatory spirits

    Etymology: [L. praedatorius, fr. praedari to plunder, fr. praeda prey. See Prey.]

  3. Predatory(adj)

    living by preying upon other animals; carnivorous

    Etymology: [L. praedatorius, fr. praedari to plunder, fr. praeda prey. See Prey.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of predatory in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of predatory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of predatory in a Sentence

  1. Ian Smith:

    In competition terms it's predatory pricing. The use of a scale advantage to disadvantage competitors.

  2. The House:

    These reductions to the caps could result in, among other things, undermining critical protections for families from abusive and predatory financial products.

  3. Richard Trumka:

    For years, we have called attention to the predatory practices of some steel exporting countries. Such practices hurt working people and cheat companies that produce in the U.S., we applaud the administration's efforts today to fix this problem.

  4. Noam Chomsky:

    Predatory capitalism created a complex industrial system and an advanced technology; it permitted a considerable extension of democratic practice and fostered certain liberal values, but within limits that are now being pressed and must be overcome. It is not a fit system for the mid-twentieth century.

  5. Hassan Zavareei:

    This is about predatory behavior of a sitting President that has the right to be heard.

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