non-combatant


non-combatant

noun

  1. a person connected with a military force in some capacity other than that of a fighter, as a surgeon or chaplain.
  2. a person who is not directly involved in combat; a civilian in wartime.

adjective

  1. not constituting, designed for, or engaged in combat.

noun

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

n.also noncombatant, 1809, from non- + combatant. A word from the Napoleonic wars.

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