So predation is the act of being a predator, catching and attacking.The noun predation is most commonly used to talk about groups like pirates or marauders who prey on innocent people.Predators don't have to kill and eat you, though; they can also just take your stuff.It's from the Latin word praedator which means "plunderer," which is more like something a pirate would do.
A predator is an animal that attacks a smaller, weaker animal, called the prey.
of depraedari to plunder; de- praedari to plunder, praeda plunder, prey.
less apt to be consumed and depredated by the spirits. - Predation is a biological interaction where a predator (a hunting animal) kills and eats its prey (the organism that is attacked).
If the rules of selection and combination established in The Rise of the Novel may be adapted to other narrative expressions if they can account for the formal relationships between a cluster of comparable works and fictions that , coexist with, and succeed them--then Watt's study, precisely because of its argumentative concentration, may act as a radiant center, a plotted point from which a network of affiliations may be traced.
The transitive sense of moving an event to an earlier point is the proper one for "predate." "Antedate" is the correct term for occurring before something else.