Word forms: noncombatantsregional note: in BRIT, also use non-combatant
1. countable noun
are members of the armed forces whose duties do not include fighting.
The general does not like noncombatant personnel near a scene of action.
2. countable noun
In a war, noncombatants are people who are not members of the armed forces.
The Red Cross has arranged two local ceasefires, allowing noncombatants to receive
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