Definition of predatory in English:

predatory

Line breaks: preda|tory
Pronunciation: /ˈprɛdət(ə)ri
 
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adjective

1(Of an animal) preying naturally on others: predatory species of shark
More example sentences
  • Mammals and birds in particular developed new forms, whether as fast-running herbivores, large predatory mammals and birds, or small quick birds and rodents.
  • But those predatory insects that locate prey through chemical sensing are not deterred.
  • If predatory birds expect their prey to fall to the ground, Schmitz and Auliya's argument runs, they would be unlikely to notice a lizard still hanging from a branch.
Synonyms
2Seeking to exploit others: she always felt at the mercy of predatory men
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  • I mean, there have been cases of predatory females seeking out young, teenage boys to have their wicked way with…
  • Belinda Hoare, of Home and Away, portrays the extraordinary lead character, Miss Julie a fallen, desperate, sexually predatory heiress seeking to be saved by love.
  • The bill also significantly improves protection for society's most vulnerable groups against exploitation by predatory sexual offenders.
Synonyms
exploitative, wolfish, rapacious, greedy, acquisitive, avaricious, vulturine
rare vulturous

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'relating to plundering'): from Latin praedatorius, from praedator 'plunderer' (see predator).

Derivatives

predatorily

adverb
More example sentences
  • Like great wasps or huge cruel dragonflies, two helicopters hovered, ominously… predatorily… over the blocks ahead of us.
  • ‘Too bad they're idiots,’ Maddie said, looking at them predatorily.
  • He looked at me, smiling predatorily, running long fingers down my face.

predatoriness

noun
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  • But he is careful to be clear that there's no childhood abuse to blame for her sexual predatoriness.
  • The fundamental political problem of economic development is therefore that of devising the appropriate means for channeling government action into support of markets, rather than predatoriness.
  • And in the final analysis it was her playful innocence that rescued her from the hypnotizing predatoriness of Zanetti, who comes over here as a monstrous enchanter.

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