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Meaning of predatory

pred•a•to•ry

Pronunciation: (pred'u-tôr"ē, -tōr"ē), [key]
— adj.
  1. preying upon other organisms for food.
  2. of, pertaining 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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