predatory [pred-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] (previously 01-19-13)
1. Zoology. preying upon other organisms for food.
2. of, relating to, or characterized by plunder, pillage, robbery, or exploitation: predatory tactics.
3. engaging in or living by these activities: predatory bands of brigands.
4. excessive or exploitive in amount or cost, as out of greed or to take advantage of consumers or patrons: predatory pricing.
5. acting with or possessed by overbearing, rapacious, or selfish motives: He was cornered at the party by a predatory reporter.
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2, 3. rapacious.
Origin: 1580-90; < Latin praedātōrius. See predator, -tory
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