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combatant

[kuh m-bat-nt, kom-buh-tuh nt, kuhm-] /kəmˈbæt nt, ˈkɒm bə tənt, ˈkʌm-/
noun
1.
a nation engaged in active fighting with enemy forces.
2.
a person or group that fights.
adjective
3.
combating; fighting:
the combatant armies.
4.
disposed to combat; combative.
Origin of combatant
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English combataunt < Middle French combatant. See combat, -ant
Related forms
precombatant, noun
uncombatant, adjective
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  • He waged a futile war with Sweden which cost blood and treasure, but brought no advantage to either of the combatants.

    The Story of Norway Hjalmar H. Boyesen
  • Even women and children were to be found among the combatants.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • Some of them conquered two combatants; a few of them vanquished three; but none but prince of Otamus conquered four.

    Voltaire's Romances Franois-Marie Arouet
  • Therefore the game was ultimately played with thirty combatants.

    The Fixed Period Anthony Trollope
  • Fire-arms were freely used by the police and by the combatants.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for combatants

combatant

/ˈkɒmbətənt; ˈkʌm-/
noun
1.
a person or group engaged in or prepared for a fight, struggle, or dispute
adjective
2.
engaged in or ready for combat
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Word Origin and History for combatants

combatant

mid-15c. (adj.), late 15c. (n.), from Old French combatant (Modern French combattant) "skilled at fighting, warlike" (also used as a noun in Old French), present participle adjective of combattre (see combat (v.)).

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