Definition of predatory adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpredətri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpredətɔːri//
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  1. 1(specialist) (of animals) living by killing and eating other animals
  2. 2(of people) using weaker people for their own financial or sexual advantage a predatory insurance salesman a predatory look
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘relating to plundering’): from Latin praedatorius, from praedator ‘plunderer’, from praedat- ‘seized as plunder’, from the verb praedari ‘seize as plunder’, from praeda ‘booty’.
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