1. Living or characterized by preying on other animals: a predatory insect; predatory instincts.
a. Living or characterized by plundering, pillaging, or marauding.
b. Living or characterized by the exploitation of others for personal gain: predatory business practices.
[Latin praedātōrius, plundering, from praedārī, to plunder, from praeda, booty; see ghend- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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