adj. destructive, ruinous

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  • Depredatory — Dep re*da to*ry, a. Tending or designed to depredate; characterized by depredation; plundering; as, a depredatory incursion. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • depredatory — index predatory, rapacious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • depredatory — adjective see depredate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • depredatory — See depredator. * * * …   Universalium

  • depredatory — dep·re·da·to·ry …   English syllables

  • depredatory — ˈdeprədəˌtōrē; də̇ˈpredə , dēˈ ; ˈdeprəˌdād.ərē adjective : tending to depredate : characterized by depredation : plundering …   Useful english dictionary

  • depredate — verb ( dated; dating) Etymology: Late Latin depraedatus, past participle of depraedari, from Latin de + praedari to plunder more at prey Date: 1626 transitive verb to lay waste ; plunder, ravage …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • depredate — depredator, n. depredatory /dep ri day teuh ree, di pred euh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. /dep ri dayt /, v., depredated, depredating. v.t. 1. to plunder or lay waste to; prey upon; pillage; ravage. v.i. 2. to plunder; pillage. [1620 30; < LL… …   Universalium

  • predatory — pred·a·to·ry / pre də ˌtōr ē/ adj: inclined or intended to injure competitors by unfair means subject to antitrust liability for predatory conduct National Law Journal predatory bidding Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • rapacious — I adjective avaricious, avidus, cormorant, depredatory, devouring, grasping, greedy, insatiable, insatiate, living on prey, lupine, marauding, pillaging, piratical, plundering, predacious, predatory, preying, rapax, ravening, ravenous, voracious …   Law dictionary

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