enemy combatant

Main Entry:  enemy combatant
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  any member of the armed forces of a state with which another state is at war; also, any person in an armed conflict, including terrorism, who could be properly detained under the laws and customs of war
Example:  The term "enemy combatant" actually refers to persons the United States regards as unlawful combatants, a category of persons who do not qualify for prisoner-of-war status under the Geneva Conventions.
Etymology:  c 2001
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