noncombatant

[ non-kuh m-bat-nt, non-kom-buh-tnt ]
/ ˌnɒn kəmˈbæt nt, nɒnˈkɒm bə tnt /

noun

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.

adjective

not constituting, designed for, or engaged in combat.

Nearby words

  1. noncognitivism,
  2. noncollegiate,
  3. noncom,
  4. noncom.,
  5. noncombat,
  6. noncombustible,
  7. noncomedogenic,
  8. noncommercial,
  9. noncommissioned,
  10. noncommissioned officer

Origin of noncombatant

First recorded in 1805–15; non- + combatant

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British Dictionary definitions for noncombatant

noncombatant

/ (ˌnɒnˈkɒmbətənt) /

noun

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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