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predatory (adj.)

1580s, "involving plundering," from Latin praedatorius "pertaining to plunder," from praedator "plunderer," from praedor "to plunder," from praeda "prey" (see prey (n.)). Of animals, from 1660s.

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Definitions of predatory from WordNet

predatory (adj.)
living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey;
a predatory bird
Synonyms: rapacious / raptorial / ravening / vulturine / vulturous
predatory (adj.)
characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding;
predatory warfare
Synonyms: marauding / raiding
predatory (adj.)
living by or given to victimizing others for personal gain; "a predatory, insensate society in which innocence and decency can prove fatal"- Peter S. Prescott; "a predacious kind of animal--the early geological gangster"- W.E.Swinton;
predatory capitalists
Synonyms: predaceous / predacious
From wordnet.princeton.edu