Predatory animals are those who kill and then eat — in other words, "prey on" — other animals. Hawks, lions, alligators, and human beings are all predatory animals.

Predatory is also used when one party victimizes another for personal gain. For example, businesses are often accused of "predatory practices" when they take advantage of senior citizens, the uneducated, or people who simply don’t understand the specifics of the loan or insurance policy they're signing up for. This is why it’s important to read the fine print of business documents.

Definitions of predatory
  1. adjective
    living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey
    “a predatory bird”
    synonyms: rapacious, raptorial, ravening, vulturine, vulturous
    having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends
  2. adjective
    living by or given to victimizing others for personal gain
    predatory capitalists”
    “"a predatory, insensate society in which innocence and decency can prove fatal"- Peter S. Prescott”
    synonyms: predaceous, predacious
    eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas
  3. adjective
    characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding
    predatory warfare”
    synonyms: marauding, raiding
    for the purpose of attack rather than defense
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