precombatant

combatant

[kuhm-bat-nt, kom-buh-tuhnt, kuhm-]
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:
1425–75; late Middle English combataunt < Middle French combatant. See combat, -ant

precombatant, noun
uncombatant, adjective
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combatant (ˈkɒmbətənt, ˈkʌm-)
 
n
1.  a person or group engaged in or prepared for a fight, struggle, or dispute
 
adj
2.  engaged in or ready for combat

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combatant
1489 (n.), from O.Fr. combatant, prp. of combattre (also used as a n. in O.Fr.); see combat. As an adj., attested in Eng. from 1630s.
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