Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or practice of plundering or marauding.
  • n. The capturing of prey as a means of maintaining life.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. act of predating

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of pillaging.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of plundering or pillaging; robbery; predatory incursion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of preying by a predator who kills and eats the prey
  • n. an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding

Etymologies

Middle English predacion, from Latin praedātiō, praedātiōn-, from praedātus, past participle of praedārī, to plunder; see predatory.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin praedatio, praedationem. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • After that, the second section examines what he calls predation, "the systematic abuse of public institutions for private profit or equivalently, the systematic undermining of public protection for the benefit of private clients."

    Predator State - Book Review

  • The second section examines what he calls predation, "the systematic abuse of public institutions for private profit or equivalently, the systematic undermining of public protection for the benefit of private clients."

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  • (I agree with Ariel Levy that imitating men's drinking and sexual predation is a rather impoverished view of liberation.)

    Michael Kimmel: Men -- and Women -- at Yale

  • I know it's not how Tolkien saw orcs, but I was raised in a world where the necessity of predators and predation is recognized and acknowledged.

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  • Of course livestock predation is not a concern to the Deep Ecology movement, in fact, I think it is likely that George Wuerthner would be very happy to see a very sizable increase in the amount of livestock predation.

    On Wolves And The Future Of Hunting

  • By harvesting vast numbers and targeting large, reproductively mature individuals, human predation is quickly reshaping wild populations, leaving smaller individuals to reproduce at ever-earlier ages, Darimont explained.

    a dominant evolutionary force | clusterflock

  • Reports: online predation is a problem, but not actually as big a problem for kids as physical-world harassment.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Do you believe that sudden multicellularity in response to predation is best explained as a random developmental accident?

    Ancient Predator Revealed!

  • In a country in which 4,500 teens ages 12 to 17 were murdered in the last five years, Internet predation is so vanishingly rare that police, news reporters, and Net Nanny hawkers have to recycle the same few cases over and over.

    Letters to the Editor

  • Most child predation is not violent; it is coercive, persuasive, and often does not involve frank acts of penetration.

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  • The landscape was nowhere and it rolled out from the room. Bits of it fizzed or crumbled away to reveal the deity it belonged to, not God but one of his aspects, the great clean spirit of Predation, to whom we belonged, of which we contained a fragment or flame like a portion of pure joy. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    March 18, 2012