Definition of predatory in English:

predatory

Syllabification: pred·a·to·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈpredəˌtôrē
 
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adjective

  • 1Relating to or denoting an animal or animals preying naturally on others: predatory birds
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    • 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
    predacious, carnivorous, hunting, raptorial; of prey
  • 2Seeking to exploit or oppress others: a life destroyed by predatory biographers and yellow journalists
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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

Derivatives

predatorily

Pronunciation: /ˌpredəˈtôrəlē/
adverb
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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