an·​ti-pov·​er·​ty ˌan-tē-ˈpä-vər-tē How to pronounce anti-poverty (audio)
variants or antipoverty
: opposing poverty : designed or intended to relieve poverty
anti-poverty efforts/policies
… the legislation severely restricts eligibility for food stamps, Medicaid and other benefits, cutting $56 billion from antipoverty programs.Ellen L. Bassuk et al.

Examples of anti-poverty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the main stage, donors heard from Hall of Fame NFL cornerback Deion Sanders, who was working with the Kochs on anti-poverty programs in Dallas. Joshua Kaplan, ProPublica, 22 Sep. 2023 Some proposals include spending cuts that would pare back anti-poverty programs and assistance for Ukraine. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 The GOP approach reflects the party’s attempts to reduce the deficit by targeting federal education, health care, labor and science agencies and slashing funds for a slew of anti-poverty programs. Tony Romm, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Sep. 2023 My husband’s parents both work part-time (self-employed) and together make a high six-figure salary, own a large property (without a mortgage on it) and donate five-figure sums to charity every year, including to disability, immigration and anti-poverty nonprofits. Sahaj Kaur Kohli, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Aug. 2023 Michelle Wu is now mayor, Ayanna Pressley is in Congress, Andrea Campbell is attorney general, Kim Janey was interim mayor and now leads an anti-poverty nonprofit, Edwards is a state senator, and Kenzie Bok is the incoming head of the Boston Housing Authority., 15 July 2023 The recent economic deterioration reversed anti-poverty gains achieved before the pandemic, returning the total number living on less than $3.65 to the 2018 level around 1.6 billion people. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 14 July 2023 This could impact the long-term economic and political stability of these countries and have consequences that reverberate across the globe, says David McNair, executive director for global policy at the anti-poverty organization OneCampaign. Anna Gordon, Time, 7 July 2023 And while funds for things like anti-poverty programs and the National Endowment for the Arts would disappear, money for defense and building The Wall would be guaranteed. Charlotte Kilpatrick, The New Republic, 19 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-poverty was in 1879

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“Anti-poverty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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