Predatory meaning

prĕd'ə-tôr'ē
The definition of predatory is living by harming, robbing or hunting others.

Lenders that try to trick the poor into taking bad loans are an example of predatory lenders.

A hawk is an example of a predatory bird.

adjective
1
1
Living by capturing and feeding upon other animals; predacious.
adjective
0
0
Of, or relating to a predator.
adjective
0
0
Living by preying on other living animals.
adjective
0
0
(figuratively) Exploiting or victimizing others for personal gain.
adjective
0
0
Advertisement
Living or characterized by preying on other animals.

A predatory insect; predatory instincts.

adjective
0
1
Of, living by, or characterized by plundering, robbing, or ruthlessly exploiting others.
adjective
0
1

Origin of predatory

  • Latin praedātōrius plundering from praedārī to plunder from praeda booty ghend- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin praedatorius.
    From Wiktionary