[non-kuh m-bat-nt, non-kom-buh-tnt]
- a person connected with a military force in some capacity other than that of a fighter, as a surgeon or chaplain.
- a person who is not directly involved in combat; a civilian in wartime.
- not constituting, designed for, or engaged in combat.
Origin of noncombatant
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Examples from the Web for noncombatant
Though limited to a noncombatant role, the Marines arrived in Guatemala fully armed.Guatemala: A Losing Battle in the War on Drugs?
September 16, 2012
Hence Germany could apparently sink vessels with impunity so long as the noncombatant victims belonged to other nationalities.
The Royal Engineers are the men who are looked on in training as a noncombatant force, with safe jobs.Trenching at Gallipoli
He issued a series of silly general orders making war on the noncombatant population of Virginia within his line.The Victim
Naturally he would have been denied permission to go forward during an engagement—that was no time nor place for a noncombatant.Ned, Bob and Jerry on the Firing Line
Jason Russell, an invalid and a noncombatant, was barbarously butchered in his own house.
- a civilian in time of war
- a member of the armed forces whose duties do not include fighting, such as a chaplain or surgeon
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