a nation engaged in active fighting with enemy forces.
a person or group that fights.
- pre·com·bat·ant, noun
- un·com·bat·ant, adjective
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How to use combatant in a sentence
She climbed the few front steps to explain that we were standing at the Blockhouse, a fortress predating the park that was used to fire against enemy combatants during the War of 1812.
After the break, and likely realizing they had to get through the rest of the hour, the two combatants issued mea culpas.Whoopi Goldberg Has Had It With Meghan McCain: ‘I Don’t Care That You Don’t Care!’ | Justin Baragona | June 17, 2021 | The Daily Beast
It should come as no surprise that women fight alongside men in the ethnic armed organizations, whereas the Myanmar military has no women in its combatant ranks.Myanmar's Women Are Fighting for a New Future After a Long History of Military Oppression | MiMi Aye | June 1, 2021 | Time
Yet the book nonetheless ends with the American combatants looking back on the Pech Valley — and their war — with a little wistfulness.American troops fought hard in Afghanistan’s Pech Valley. But why? | Andrew Exum | March 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Each combatant will choose their weapons — be it a dagger, a shield, or a fork and knife — and whoever inflicts the most pain will be declared the winner.On Discord, bots find a foothold as mini indie success stories | Luke Winkie | March 25, 2021 | Washington Post
But Broyles is too good here, and admits that women too feel the pull of war by being exposed to it, even as a non-combatant.
It is immaterial if the infidel is a combatant or a civilian.
He was captured by Afghans responding to leaflets distributed by the U.S. promising $5,000 per combatant.A Navy Lawyer Cries Foul on Gitmo’s Kafkaesque Legal System | Eleanor Clift | September 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Of most interest are the English-speaking narrator and a masked American-accented combatant featured in the film.
Both my combatant and I claimed that the other was at fault.Ben Carson Was a Role Model for Black Teens Until He Sold Out to the Right | Joshua DuBois | March 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The boats were then pulled close to one another, and each combatant endeavoured to push his antagonist into the water.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
In one minute from the signal for retreat the top of the hill did not contain a single painted combatant.Overland | John William De Forest
General Lee simply said the town was non-combatant; that he would not occupy it, nor would he allow any one else to occupy it.Historic Fredericksburg | John T. Goolrick
As a combatant, a warrior, a reformer, his person and character somewhat change.Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI | John Lord
How strange that such an encounter did take place sooner than either white or red combatant dreamed!The Phantom of the River | Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for combatant
a person or group engaged in or prepared for a fight, struggle, or dispute
engaged in or ready for combat
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