[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 non-combatant
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.War Is Hell and Such Good Fun
November 11, 2014
It has steadfastly refused to release its own estimates of non-combatant deaths in drone strikes, figures that it says classified.U.S. Drone Program Needs to Be Accompanied by Hard Facts on Civilian Deaths
November 8, 2013
Although there are more NATO troops in Afghanistan conducting more missions than ever before, non-combatant deaths are down.Petraeus vs. the Mafia
June 24, 2010
Anything that is calmly facing them becomes at once a non-combatant.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
Hellenic war ethics: non-combatant tillers of the soil to be let alone.Cyropaedia
It was useless for his attendant friends to assert that he had been a non-combatant.Robert Louis Stevenson
Margaret Moyes Black
Did the Imperial and Royal authorities regard him as a non-combatant?The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1
The doctor was to go, as a matter of course, but he was to be a non-combatant.Under the Meteor Flag
- a civilian in time of war
- a member of the armed forces whose duties do not include fighting, such as a chaplain or surgeon
Word Origin and History for non-combatant
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper