combatant ( 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.
(=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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