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PREDATORY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does predatory mean? 

PREDATORY (adjective)
  The adjective PREDATORY has 3 senses:

1. characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding
2. living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey
3. living by or given to victimizing others for personal gain

  Familiarity information: PREDATORY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PREDATORY (adjective)


Sense 1predatory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding

Synonyms:

marauding; predatory; raiding

Context examples:

bands of marauding Indians / predatory warfare / a raiding party

Similar:

offensive (for the purpose of attack rather than defense)


Sense 2predatory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey

Synonyms:

vulturous; vulturine; ravening; rapacious; raptorial; predatory

Context examples:

a predatory bird / the rapacious wolf / raptorial birds / ravening wolves / a vulturine taste for offal

Similar:

aggressive (having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends)


Sense 3predatory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Living by or given to victimizing others for personal gain

Synonyms:

predaceous; predacious; predatory

Context examples:

predatory capitalists / a predatory, insensate society in which innocence and decency can prove fatal / a predacious kind of animal--the early geological gangster

Similar:

acquisitive (eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas)


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