1. Characterised by plundering; practicing rapine; plundering; pillaging; as, a predatory excursion; a predatory party. A predatory war.
2. Hungry; ravenous; as, predatory spirits. Exercise . . . Maketh the spirits more hot and predatory. (bacon)
3. (Science: zoology) Living by preying upon other animals; carnivorous.
Origin: L. Praedatorius, fr. Praedari to plunder, fr. Praeda prey. See Prey.