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 (nŏn′kəm-băt′nt, -kŏm′bə-tnt)
1. A member of the armed forces, such as a chaplain or surgeon, whose duties lie outside combat.
2. A civilian in wartime, especially one in a war zone.


1. (Military) a civilian in time of war
2. (Military) a member of the armed forces whose duties do not include fighting, such as a chaplain or surgeon


(ˌnɒn kəmˈbæt nt, nɒnˈkɒm bə tnt)

1. a member of a military force who is not a fighter, as a surgeon or chaplain.
2. a person who is not a combatant; a civilian in wartime.
3. not constituting, designed for, or engaged in combat.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.noncombatant - a member of the armed forces who does not participate in combat (e.g. a chaplain or surgeon)
military man, serviceman, man, military personnel - someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force; "two men stood sentry duty"
Adj.1.noncombatant - used of civilians in time of war
civilian - associated with civil life or performed by persons who are not active members of the military; "civilian clothing"; "civilian life"
2.noncombatant - member of armed forces whose duties do not include fighting as e.g. a chaplain or surgeon
military - associated with or performed by members of the armed services as contrasted with civilians; "military police"


[ˈnɒnˈkɒmbətnt] nmilitare m non combattente
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