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  ( combatants    plural  ) A combatant is a person, group, or country that takes part in the fighting in a war.      n-count   usu pl  
I have never suggested that UN forces could physically separate the combatants in the region..., They come from the combatant nations.     

non-combatant        ( non-combatants    plural  )
in AM, usually use noncombatant     
1       n-count   Non-combatant troops are members of the armed forces whose duties do not include fighting.  
usu N n     (Antonym: combatant)    The General does not like non-combatant personnel near a scene of action.     
2       n-count   In a war, non-combatants are people who are not members of the armed forces.  
usu pl   (=civilian)     (Antonym: combatant)    The Red Cross has arranged two local ceasefires, allowing non-combatants to receive medical help.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


      n   adversary, antagonist, belligerent, contender, enemy, fighter, fighting man, gladiator, opponent, serviceman, soldier, warrior  
      adj   battling, belligerent, combative, conflicting, contending, fighting, opposing, warring  

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combat, comb, coma, combative

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