It seems the terms are synonymous in most ornithological publications. The American Heritage Dictionary says the following: depredation |ˌdeprəˈdā sh ən| noun (usu.I am a biologist studying the endangered Least Tern, and we generally use the term "depredation" when referring to the consumption of eggs, chicks etc. Can someone please enlighten me about the proper use of these terms? depredations) an act of attacking or plundering : protecting grain from the depredations of rats and mice. (in the sense [plundering, robbery,] (plural) [ravages] ): from French déprédation, from late Latin depraedatio(n-), from depraedari ‘plunder.’ predation |priˈdā sh ən| noun Zoology the preying of one animal on others : an effective defense against predation. (in the Latin sense): from Latin praedatio(n-) ‘taking of booty,’ from the verb praedari ‘seize as plunder,’ from praeda ‘booty.’ The current sense dates from the 1930s.This struck me in a recent conversation with a friend who told me he had gone out several times with a young lady and was uncertain about the status of the relationship.Curious, I asked him if he was planning on continuing to date this girl.
Either is acceptable, provided that both you and the other party intended it.The first is (approximately) "to come before" as in "literature reference x predates literature reference y", while the other means "to catch, kill, eat" etc.In order to avoid this confusion, I prefer "depredate" for the latter, but English is a very forgiving language and I think both can be understood in context. To be clear, having a later effective date does not mean that the contract will not be binding until that later date.The contract is binding when both parties have accepted the contract.