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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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Taking a tougher stance against predation on minors, video-sharing site YouTube announced that it will delete unwanted comments and videos that promote child endangerment.
2007), or life history (Covich and Crowl, 1990; Fraser and Gilliam, 1992; Li and Jackson, 2005) in response to predation risk to reduce their chances of being consumed.
Through this mechanism, copulation could lead to increased energetic costs to locomotion and thermoregulation as well as to increased mortality via predation (Lima and Dill, 1990; Magnhagen, 1991; Fairbairn, 1993).
Does this link, if it exists, influence the rate of predation of various species?
Predation specifically on juvenile intertidal invertebrates can also substantially impact population dynamics and influence community structure.
Stream fishes that occupy different predation environments are frequently used to understand how behavior evolves in different predation environments (Seghers, 1974; Magurran, Seghers, Carvalho, & Shaw, 1992; Kelley & Magurran, 2003; Archard & Braithwaite, 2011a, b; Archard, Earley, Hanninen, & Braithwaite, 2012).
Such shifts in the abundance of largemouths have occurred in many northern Wisconsin lakes, leading researchers to investigate diet overlap and predation between largemouths and walleyes.
For example, the seminal study by Bolton and Scharfstein (1990) shows that a firm with financial constraints, which emerge endogenously to reduce agency problems, is subject to predation.
For many animals, predation on eggs or offspring is a major cause of reproductive failure.
Furthermore, numerous studies have demonstrated that herbivores decrease foraging activity in response to elevated predation risk (Brown and Kotler 2004, Willems and Hill 2009, McArthur et al.
Abstract--Recent acoustic tagging of juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in the southern portion of California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has revealed extremely low survival rates (<1%), possibly due to predation by piscivorous fishes.
Key words: Alaska, Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis, predation, Sitka Black-Tailed Deer, Tongass National Forest