Definition of depredatory in US English:

depredatory

adjective

archaic
  • See depredator

    • ‘The coastal States remain united in seeking a permanent solution to poaching, depredatory and illegal fishing practices in the form of a legally-binding agreement.’
    • ‘Consuming an excessive water volume, also as a consequence of the use of depredatory irrigation equipments, the 342.900 hectares of irrigated farming along the valley contribute for the river's contamination, its affluent and the underground water.’
    • ‘And evolution of any management strategy requires knowledge on depredatory birds' feeding guild structure, breeding and roosting ecology.’
    • ‘These sections regulate the taking and permitted killing of nongame mammals and depredatory animals.’
    • ‘The epidemic proportions of ignorant depredatory exploitation of the natural resources of our planet is unfortunately an all-round reality of the present day, representing a strong additional factor disturbing the biological equilibrium.’

Pronunciation

depredatory

/dəˈpredəˌtôrē//dəˈprɛdəˌtɔri/