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ˈprɛd əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr ipreda·to·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. marauding, predatory, raidingadjective

    characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding

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

  2. predatory, rapacious, raptorial, ravening, vulturine, vulturousadjective

    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, predatoryadjective

    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. predatoryadjective

    Of, or relating to a predator.

    Etymology: From praedatorius.

  2. predatoryadjective

    Living by preying on other living animals.

    Etymology: From praedatorius.

  3. predatoryadjective

    Exploiting or victimizing others for personal gain.

    Etymology: From praedatorius.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Predatoryadjective

    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. Predatoryadjective

    hungry; ravenous; as, predatory spirits

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

  3. Predatoryadjective

    living by preying upon other animals; carnivorous

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


  1. Predatory

    = predaceous: q.v.

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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. Missouri Attorney General:

    The Macks Creek law was enacted to protect Missourians from predatory traffic ticketing, as we continue to identify areas for reform, an important first step is to require St. Louis County municipalities to follow the Macks Creek law to the letter. Based on my review, these thirteen municipalities did not.

  2. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    Money sharpens predatory reflexes like a blade.

  3. Matt Dickson:

    To choose an 18-year-old boy as opposed to somebody her own age, it appears to have a predatory context.

  4. Frank Wolf:

    Over a year has passed since the declaration or its so-called caliphate and the horrific siege of Mount Sinjar and yet the group and its leaders are still at large. ISIS’ Predatory acts—largely unaddressed by the Western world—have resulted in the genocide of Christians, Yezidis, Shia Muslims and other religious minorities, an unprecedented refugee crisis and the brutal kidnapping, torture and execution of four American citizens. the very fact that the Iraqis are taking these steps should be encouraging the Obama administration to do the same.

  5. Debra Katz:

    Harvey Weinstein has hurt dozens and dozens of people by Harvey Weinstein sexual predatory rapist violent behavior, and today there can be no other discussion other than Harvey Weinstein is exactly where Harvey Weinstein should be.

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. tantamount
    • B. lank
    • C. currish
    • D. repugnant

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