an·​ti-gang ˌan-tē-ˈgaŋ How to pronounce anti-gang (audio)
: opposed to gangs : designed to prohibit gangs or to prevent or punish criminal behavior by gang members
anti-gang laws
Following on the heels of recent weekend street gang sweeps by Los Angeles police, anti-gang units from the Sheriff's Department conducted their own operation last weekend, arresting 33 people on a variety of charges.The Los Angeles Times

Examples of anti-gang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An observer from the State Department, which has funded everything in Guatemala from training border police to an elite anti-gang unit, also accompanied the mission. Simon Romero Daniele Volpe, New York Times, 28 Apr. 2024 The incident occurred around 10:25 p.m. After joining the department in 2004, Ensley was seen as a fast riser, earning a reputation as a hard-working cop who worked anti-gang assignments in Hollenbeck Division. Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2024 Haiti’s National Police, which boasts an aggressive new anti-gang unit, has seen some success in apprehending some criminal figures and holding back gang expansion in a key areas of the city, including next to the US embassy. Caitlin Stephen Hu, CNN, 4 Mar. 2024 The department has also drafted a more robust anti-gang policy, the details of which are still being negotiated with the unions. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2024 His anti-gang measures are wildly popular, but his country’s economic position remains fraught — inflation is on the march, and El Salvador still has high rates of poverty and unemployment. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 The discipline doled out to the Industry Station deputies fell under the department’s old anti-gang policy. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2024 Annmarie Drago, who's accused of fatally running over an anti-gang activist in a dispute over a memorial, had her trial ended in a mistrial after jurors failed to reach a verdict on the top count of criminally negligent homicide. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 25 Oct. 2023 While Bukele’s anti-gang crusade has led to human rights abuse allegations, securing the streets has helped his popularity soar. By kejal Vyas, WSJ, 10 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-gang was in 1891

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“Anti-gang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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