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predatory

adjective     /ˈpred.ə.tər.i/ US  /-tɔːr-/
A predatory animal kills and eats other animals: The owl is a predatory bird which kills its prey with its claws.Plants and animals - general words mainly disapproving A predatory person or organization tries to get something that belongs to someone else: The company spent much effort in avoiding takeover bids from predatory competitors.Taking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of things disapproving describes someone who expresses sexual interest in a very obvious way: I hate going to bars on my own because men look at you in such a predatory way.Relating to sex and sexual desireRude and cheeky
(Definition of predatory adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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