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1. The capturing of prey for food.
2. The act of robbing, victimizing, or exploiting others.

[Middle English predacion, plundering, from Latin praedātiō, praedātiōn-, from praedātus, past participle of praedārī, to plunder; see predatory.]


(Zoology) a relationship between two species of animal in a community, in which one (the predator) hunts, kills, and eats the other (the prey)


(prɪˈdeɪ ʃən)

1. the act of plundering or robbing; depredation.
2. predatory behavior.
3. Ecol. the capture and consumption of prey.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Latin praedātiō=praedā(rī) to plunder, catch (see predator) + -tiō -tion]


a relation between organisms or animals in which one feeds on the other. — predatory, adj.
See also: Animals
the act or process of pillaging or plundering.
See also: Theft
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.predation - an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding
pillaging, plundering, pillage - the act of stealing valuable things from a place; "the plundering of the Parthenon"; "his plundering of the great authors"
2.predation - the act of preying by a predator who kills and eats the prey
hunting, hunt - the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts
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